Sun, June 10, 2018. 2 pm - 4 pm
Poetry, Ecstasy and Out of Body Experiences
A Workshop with poet/author Timothy Liu
The Ecstatic Tradition in Poetry reaches back over centuries and continents from works by Tang Dynasty poets (Li Po and Tu Fu) to Hindu and Sufi Mystics (Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir, and of course, Mirabai) and into our present day (W.S. Merwin, Mary Oliver, Jean Valentine, James Wright). Ecstasy, from the Greek Exstasis, means to “stand outside or beyond oneself,” transported by divine love/vision. This workshop will take a close look at ecstatic poems; prompts and a few writing exercises will follow. All levels of aptitude and experience are welcome as we fortify and widen our ecstatic writing practices.

Cost: $20 if registered and prepaid by June 7th; $25 if registering after the 7th.

Teacher Bio: Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California to immigrant parents from Mainland China. He is the author of ten books of poems, including Of Thee I Sing, selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Say Goodnight, a 1998 PEN Open Book Margins Award; and Vox Angelica, which won the 1992 Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. He has also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry.

Translated into ten languages, Liu’s poems have appeared in such places as Best American Poetry, Bomb, Kenyon Review, The Nation, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Yale Review. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. He is currently a Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Liu is an intuitive reader of occult esoterica, including the Tarot and the I-Ching. He is available for readings at Mirabai Books, at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, and for private consultations.

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