Introduction to Poetry

Dates: August 5-September 23. Mondays, 4-6 pm (No class August 26.)
Location: The Abigail Stuart House
$125 for Members, $175 for Non-Members
Facilitator: Emily Van Kley
Space Available: 5 spaces available out of 12
Registration: available down the page, or call 360-531-1472.

Classs Description: 
“Hello, Stranger: Introduction to Poetry & the Mechanics of the Unexpected”

Emily Dickinson once said, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head has been taken off, I know that is poetry.” Poetry creates an estrangement from our regular way of seeing, allowing us to pursue new questions and even approach the unexplainable. This class will explore strategies for building the strange container in which a poem can thrive. Each week we’ll focus on a different element of craft. We’ll write together, creating poetry from our everyday thoughts and observations, and through sharing specific, supportive feedback, we’ll learn what our poems are doing as well as where they might be able to go.



Emily Van Kley was raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula but now lives with her partner in Olympia, Washington, where she writes, works at a cooperative grocery, practices aerial acrobatics, and nurses a near-pathological longing for snow.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications and anthologies, including The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Mississippi Review, Best New Poets 2013, and Best American Poetry 2017. Emily holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and has taught composition and creative writing at the high school and college levels. Her first poetry collection is The Cold and the Rust, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize.