Lisa Starr and Barks Present Reading and Workshop

In Celebration of the Written Word, TSKW Offers Special Workshop, Public Reading, and “SCRIBE” evening

The Studios of Key West is thrilled to welcome celebrated poets Lisa Starr and Coleman Barks in late April as TSKW Poets in Residence. While here, Starr and Barks will present a free public reading at the Armory on Monday, April 26 from 6-7 pm. Immediately following the reading, TSKW will present “SCRIBE”, a collection of local songwriters, poets, and storytellers sharing their work with a live Armory audience from 7-9 pm. Anyone interested in reserving a 5-10 minute spot during “SCRIBE” should contact Martha Barnes, Program Manager at 296-0458.

An inn-keeper, a mother, a basketball coach and a teacher, Lisa Starr, Rhode Island’s Poet Laureate, divides her time among a variety of interests, her children, and her passion for poetry. In April of 2009 Starr assembled more than a dozen US State Poets Laureate in Rhode Island for “Poetry for Hope,” a series of readings, workshops, and public forums featuring the visiting poets and emerging and established Rhode Island poets and musicians at schools, libraries and cultural attractions around the state.

Coleman Barks’ work on Rumi was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers’ Language of Life series on PBS, and he is a featured poet and translator in Bill Moyers’poetry special, “Fooling with Words.” Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years.

As a special component of the residency, Starr and Barks also teach a 3-day workshop, “Poetry and the Extraordinary,” from April 28-30. The Studios of Key West is pleased to offer the workshop at a discount rate of 50% off the normal enrollment fee for TSKW members. The workshop, which was $220, is now being offered to TSKW members for $110 (plus the cost of lunches).

To register for the workshop, or to reserve a 5-10 minute spot on stage for “SCRIBE”, call The Studios of Key West at 296-0458.

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