A Hush of Crickets: A Tanka Workshop

Deschutes Public Library welcomes Portland Poet Margaret Chula to the East Bend Library on September 7 for a poetry workshop.


margaret“A writer’s purpose is to say the unsayable,” says Portland poet Margaret Chula. “To put into words what we feel, experience, and yearn for, our continual search for that which is always just beyond us.” Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Chula to the East Bend Library on September 7, 10am-4pm for a poetry workshop. The workshop begins at 10am and is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required. Call 541-312-1032 or register online at Chula will also read from her latest poetry collections as part of Downtown Bend’s First Friday on September 6 from 5 – 8pm at The Nature of Words Literary Arts Center (244 NW Oregon Ave.).


During the workshop participants will focus on the Japanese “tanka.” Tanka (meaning ‘short song’) were written 1,300 years ago in the Japanese courts. These five-line poems embrace human experience, often in relation to nature, through the use of metaphor, allusion and juxtaposition. Chula and workshop participants will explore a wide range of tanka both by Japanese and contemporary Western poets. “We’ll discover how each tanka ‘sings’ and then take pen to paper to create melodies composed of everyday experiences,” says Chula.


Chula has been writing and teaching haiku, tanka and haibun for more than 30 years. She has published seven full-length collections of poetry and a CD. Her newest book, Just This, was published by Mountains and Rivers Press.


For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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