Compose yourself, in Newport

Award-winning poet John Sibley Williams will discuss “poetry of place” in a Sunday, June 17, workshop hosted by the Willamette Writers’ Coast Branch in Newport.

“Poetry of place focuses on the landscapes we know, have traveled to, or imagine,” Williams said. “Our identities are tied to place and reflected in our writing. We will focus on both the mundane and the sublime of our surroundings and how that affects and informs our inner lives.”

Williams said the presentation, which is aimed at writers of both poetry and prose, will look at how various poets evoke a sense of place, focusing on authenticity, universality and the musicality of language.

Based on Portland, Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including “Disinheritance” and “Controlled Hallucinations.” An 11-time Pushcart nominee, he serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and also works as a literary agent.

Williams will also share his approach to submitting poems to literary magazines and other markets.

The workshop, which is free and open to all, will run from 2 to 4 pm at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

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