High Plains BookFest “The Nature of Poetry, the Poetry of Nature”

Readers and writers can celebrate their love of poetry and nature this fall at the 9th annual High Plains BookFest. The YMCA Writer’s Voice is pleased to host this year’s BookFest which will be held October 13-16, 2011, at various locations around downtown Billings.
Our book of choice is The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962). The poetry of Robinson Jeffers is emotionally direct, magnificently musical, and philosophically profound. No one has ever written more powerfully about the natural beauty of the American West. Determined to write a truthful poetry purged of ephemeral things, Jeffers cultivated a style at once lyrical, tough-minded, and timeless.
Our book of choice is The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962). The poetry of Robinson Jeffers is emotionally direct, magnificently musical, and philosophically profound. No one has ever written more powerfully about the natural beauty of the American West. Determined to write a truthful poetry purged of ephemeral things, Jeffers cultivated a style at once lyrical, tough-minded, and timeless.
The four-day-long celebration includes presentations by published authors, panel discussions, poetry workshops.
Panel discussions offer the public a chance to meet authors and provide dialogue between writers and readers. Audiences can learn how writers find inspiration and develop their craft. The ensuing discussion between a panel of authors and the audience is often a lively, informative examination that enlightens the audience about each author’s unique way of writing.
Readings involve authors reciting passages from their books and interpreting, discussing and answering questions from the audience. 
Workshops offer students and aspiring poets opportunities to work directly with published professional writers to help fine tune their own creative work. Workshop instructors and readers include Montana and Wyoming poets Hank Real Bird, David Romtvedt, Greg Keeler, Danell Jones, Bernie Quetchenbach, Cara Chamberlain, Tami Haaland, Sam Western, Dave Caserio, Lowell Jaeger, Roger Dunsmore and many others.
The BookFest is held in conjunction with the 5th annual Parmly Billings Library’s High Plains Book Awards and banquet featuring authors nominated in six categories. Nominations for the 2011 High Plains Book Awards are now open. Awards will be presented in six book categories, and an Emeritus Award for an author or writing team to recognize a body of work. Nominated works must have been published for the first time in 2010. All nominations must be received by March 11, 2011. http://www.highplainsbookawards.org/
For information on participating in the 9th annual BookFest, please contact Corby Skinner at corby@skinnerbenoit.com
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High Plains BookFest “The Nature of Poetry, the Poetry of Nature”