Poet Lynn Domina to speak at Fairview


Margaretville — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will present Long Lines, Short Lines, Fine Lines, Blurred Lines: What Poets Think About When They Think About Craft with poet Lynn Domina. The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. at Fairview Library, Community Room on Walnut Street.

The most obvious difference between poetry and prose is that poetry comes in lines—but whatever for? What difference does it make if a line is six syllables, or eight, or 18? Does a poem mean anything different if the lines are broken after one word rather than another? Do readers respond differently to long looping lines than they do to short stilted ones? Do certain poems attract you because of their appearance on the page? Or does the appearance put you off? This conversation will look at many well-known and not so well known poems in order to figure out what it is poets think they’re doing—and what we can do to achieve different effects in our own work.

Lynn is the author of two collections of poetry, Corporal Works that won the Intro Series Prize from Four Way Books and Framed in Silence as part of the Editor’s Select Poetry Series from Main Street Rag. She is also the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms. Her poetry appears in many periodicals, including The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Christianity & Literature, The Louisville Review, New Letters, and others. She has published creative nonfiction in the St. Katherine’s Review. Her scholarly work includes two reference books, Understanding A Raisin in the Sun and Understanding Ceremony. Her articles have appeared in Studies in American Indian Literature, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and other academic journals and edited collections. Lynn teaches at SUNY-Delhi and lives in the western Catskill region of New York. For more information, visit lynndomina.com.

This event is free and open to the public. A $10 suggested donation will help WIM with its future programming. For more information, you may call Jean Stone at 607 326-4802, or e-mail: jtstone@wildblue.net.
Writers in the Mountains is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. Online at writersinthemountains.org.