Poet, Pop Culture Expert
You must login to vote
To Share Writing Tips
With PSU Capital Students
Poet and performance artist Marty Esworthy will offer English 015 students guidance on
crafting short writing, from idea-generation to editing.
Oct. 4, 3:25 p.m., Olmsted E334.
Esworthy, a Harrisburg native, described as a “Postmodernist maestro and sound poet,”
is making this rare campus guest-speaker engagement at the invitation of faculty member Michael Lear-Olimpi.
Esworthy will visit such components of writing process as:
* How to find ideas.
* How to select details to help deliver message.
* How to channel and boost creativity.
* How to inject voice and tone into writing.
* The importance of editing and revision.
“Find ideas,” Esworthy, director of Harrisburg’s long-running Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel and editorial director of PostDada press, says. “There are ‘Books in the running brooks.’ Find them. Always create in a Dionysian frenzy. Then, edit. But have fun with it. And re-write, re-write, re-write. It‘s all good.”
Editor emeritus of Steel Point Quarterly, Esworthy has won a Megaera Prize for Poetry and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for Poetry. His work has appeared widely in numerous poetry journals. He is a regular on the East Coast poetry circuit and his verse has been translated into a dozen languages.
Recent poetry tomes include hard reality, Pacobooks, 2004, Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs, Iris G. Press, 2006, and the Object Stares Back, Uh, Oh! T & T Press, 2009.
Esworthy has been a teacher for decades, having worked in public schools, universities, and as a mentor and director of many established and ad hoc poetry learning initiatives. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he taught at many universities, including Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt, as The Rock and Roll Professor.
His class talk is a return of sorts to The Capital College for Esworthy, who worked on art projects with former Penn State Harrisburg faculty member Oliver Lagrone, for whom the gallery/lounge in Olmsted is named.
True, in principle, proverbs and reverb provide ample direction for everyone. --Elfred Vito-Januski