Antlers Writing Workshop poetry reading at Cook Library

The Antlers Writing Workshop, a group of 13 local poets who meet weekly in Wonalancet in the summer, will be offering a reading at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, Wednesday evening July 25 from 7 to 9 PM. There has been a marked revival of enthusiasm for poetry in the world at large and here is a good sampling of gems from our own neck of the woods. The writers will be reading recent poems, some written in response to a given line or a poetic task, and others the result of intuition and inspiration. The Antlers Writing Workshop has been held most summers since the early ‘80s at the former Antlers Tea Room on the Chinook Trail in Wonalancet. The participants are usually around 12 in number, and the purpose is to provide a meeting place and a fellowship for writers. Some are beginners looking for direction and support; others are accomplished professionals looking for a constructive critique. For the past 8 summers, the concentration has been on contemporary lyric poetry. Each member brings a poem in process to the group, with enough copies for all. The poems are read, and re-read, with responses from the group, then go home for more detailed reactions in writing. There are accomplished speakers, neighborhood readings and attendance at writing events elsewhere. The core of the group meets each Thursday. It works best to have participants working steadily but we are anxious to encourage those who are interested, but not here all the time, to join us as they can. The Workshop has published two volumes of poetry thus far: Wonalancet Songs by Philip Schuck and From the Antlers Tea Room, an anthology of work by the participants. Both are available locally at The Other Store in Tamworth. For more information, please call 323-7773.