Sunday, May 15, 2022

From THE FOLGER: A Rose-Inspired Poetry Workshop with Jane Clarke





O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

Bloom: The Story of a Rose

an online poetry workshop

a live event on Zoom

Thursday, May 19, at 3:00pm (ET)



Combining the beauty of roses with poetry, the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and the U.S. Botanic Garden continue BLOOM, an online poetry workshop that explores the natural world on Thursday, May 19, at 3pm.

The theme for the workshop is “The Story of a Rose” with Irish poet Jane Clarke. From the soil to the petal, Clarke and USBG Horticulturist Adam Pyle will explore the poetic beauty of roses. Participants will hear Clarke read garden-inspired poetry and learn from the horticulturalist’s presentation as writers create their own work. Attendees will take inspiration from the U.S. Botanic Garden’s rose garden and their own surroundings as well as the poet’s writing prompts. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will write and have the opportunity to share their own work.

The cost for the workshop is $75, with a discount for Folger and U.S. Botanic Garden members and Folger subscribers. 

We hope you will join us and take this unique opportunity to work with a poet, a horticulturalist, soak in the beauty of roses, all the while learning more about the flower. 

This program is a collaboration between the Folger Shakespeare Library and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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About Jane Clarke


Jane Clarke's first collection of poetry, The River, was published in 2015. Her second collection, When the Tree Falls, was published in September 2019. All the Way Home, an illustrated sequence of poems in response to a soldier's letters from the Front during World War I, was published in April 2019. 

Jane's second collection When the Tree Falls was shortlisted for the Pigott Prize 2020, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2020, and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award in 2020. It was longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2020. "Copper Soles" from When the Tree Falls was one of the highly commended poems in The Forward Book of Poetry 2021.

Watch Jane Clarke read from The River.


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