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Annual Retreat: Rachel McKibbens-- The Truth of Imagination and Wonder

  • Gell Center of the Finger Lakes 6581 West Hollow Road Naples, NY, 14512 United States (map)

Come for a full day of poetry and fellowship.

This year’s featured speaker is Rachel McKibbens

 The Truth of Imagination and Wonder
“There Is No Doubt Fiction Makes a Better Job of The Truth.” — Doris May Lessing
In this course we will look at poems from Martín Espada, Airea D. Matthews and Alberto Ríos in an effort to recognize the differing, often fantastical, strategies employed to tell a story honestly. Through generative writing exercises, writers will discover how personal, subjective and even fictional accounts are important complements to historical fact, showing how they equally contribute to a person’s and/or culture’s sense of identity. Story and myth are thus revalued as legitimate forms of cultural knowledge and sociopolitical reporting.

Arrival time is 9:00 A.M. We’ll provide coffee, water and some snacks. Lunch is potluck, please bring a dish to pass.

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Rachel McKibbens

Rachel McKibbens