the poetry writing process
with Henry Hughes
Monday, April 24, 2017
First Presbyterian Church, Allison Rm
(Use 9th St. parking lot entrance.)
Henry Hughes will discuss his poetry writing process, beginning with early morning drafting and continuing with rewriting and revising between the duties and events of the day. “I keep poem drafts with me all day,” Hughes says. “And when there’s some time between things, I take them out and work on them.” He’ll also talk about how stresses and problems in our lives can fuel our best work.
Hughes is the author of four collections of poetry, including Men Holding Eggs (2004 Oregon Book Award), Moist Meridian (2011 Finalist for the Oregon Book Award), Shutter Lines (2012, with photographs by Paul Gentry) and Bunch of Animals (2016). His poems and essays have appeared in Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, Seattle Review, Southern Humanities Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Harvard Review, and he is a regular book reviewer for Harvard Review Online. His fishing memoir, Back Seat with Fish: A Man’s Adventures in Angling and Romance, was published in 2016 by Skyhorse. He is the editor of an Everyman’s Library anthology, The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing and Fishing Stories. He teaches at Western Oregon University.