Harter's workshop is scheduled for Thursday morning.
Based on her essay / lesson "Circling the Pine: Haibun and the Spiral Web" which appears in Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry (Dos Gatos Press, 2011), Harter plans to hand out copies of the specific poems and/or prose-poems along with the resultant haibun she revised them into (various examples used in the essay). After presenting each paired example, she will discuss her process and invite comments from participants about the perceived differences between the two pieces, along with discussing my own observations about the differences shifting these into haibun have made.Then she'll encourage them to try doing the same with one of their own poems---if they have brought one to experiment with---and possibly share the result with the group.
Penny Harter’s recent books include her prizewinning collection of haibun, One Bowl (2012); Recycling Starlight (2010); and The Night Marsh (2008). With her late husband William J. Higginson, she co-authored The Haiku Handbook (25th Anniversary Edition, 2010). A Dodge poet, Harter read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival. She is winner of three poetry fellowships from the NJSCA, the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the PSA, and a January, 2011, fellowship from VCCA. Harter's new collection of haibun and free verse, The Great Blue, has been accepted by Mountains & Rivers Press.