Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

The Bear and the Hive: Writing Poetry Inspired by Your Cultural Heritage(s), Oct 29

$65 per student. 11-2. If interested, contact Lynette Reini-Grandell directly: lynette.reini-grandell@normandale.edu before October 27th. Bring cash or check to the class.

Have you ever whispered to bees?  Meditated in a sauna, sweat lodge, or before the rising smoke of a campfire?  Walked on an ancient trail?  Looked for the Great Bear in the night sky?  Whether or not we are aware of it, images and stories rich in emotional meaning resonate throughout all of our cultural backgrounds.  In this three-hour Celtic Collaborative workshop, students will 1) learn how to discover the images and stories from their various cultural backgrounds, 2) look at pictures and poetic models for inspiration, 3) write poems inspired by their personal narratives, and 4) share their work and plan future explorations. 

Lynette Reini-Grandell is the author of Approaching the Gate (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Her poem "Radio Girls" appears in the anthology It's Animal but Merciful and was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Other work has appeared in The Understanding between Foxes and Light, MNArtists.org, Poetry Motel, Revolver, Poetry City U.S.A., and Evergreen Chronicles, among others. She has received grants for her work from the Finlandia Foundation (2013) and the Minnesota State Arts Board (2011). Based in Minneapolis, she performs regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company.