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Poetry as Prayer with Maine’s Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum – Shabbat Service and Lunch & Learn Writing Workshop

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Join us on Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 AM for a powerful program with Maine’s Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum. Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving, Prayers and Run-on Sentences and Only Now (all Deerbrook Editions), and a collection of essays The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press). The director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until 2015, he has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. During our Shabbat morning service, Stuart Kestenbaum will share a talk, Prayer as Discovery, Poetry as Discovery, discussing how a writing process can lead us into unexpected places and reading poems he has written that bring a devotional spirit to everyday activities. Our Shabbat morning service will be followed by a lunch and learn where, with Stuart Kestenbaum’s guidance, we will read poems, talk about non-judgmental ways to write, and write together using a few simple prompts. The emphasis will be on using writing as a way to discover what we know about our inner and outer worlds. Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.” This event is free. RSVPs are requested by email to karen@bethaam.org or by calling the Bet Ha’am office at 207-879-0028.

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