Summer 2014 // Writing in The Pines

Summer 2014 // Writing in The Pines



Instructed by Adrian Kien

June 25 -27, 2014

Join poet and teacher, Adrian Kien for a writing class that will reinvigorate your imagination as you explore the layers and detritus of Atlanta. Each day writers will meet to discuss poetry and prose about place, history and nature. Then writers will be invited to walk out on their own using the readings and discussions as a lens for seeing their surroundings. Writers will then be prompted to add their own voice to this conversation through poems, stories or essays. Writers will meet twice a day – once in the morning to discuss readings and to walk, and then again in the evening for drafting and sharing of their work. No skill or knowledge of poetry is necessary. Just bring an imagination, a pen and a journal.


Adrian Kien believes writing allows us to follow words off the track of normalcy and into the wilds of the imagination. It is dangerous and exciting where the words take us. That is what has drawn him to doodle and write poems starting in his high school French class until now sitting on his front porch. If living means being alive, then writing poetry is how he makes his living.

 He received an MFA from Boise State University where he continues to teach poetry. He also teaches through the Cabin Literary Center's Writers in the Schools Program. He is the author of The Caress is a Letter of Instruction, a book of love poems between a taxidermist and his trophy wife. He has also written a collection of French translations and a collaborative book with his wife, the artist, Kelly Packer, called, Look Up. Currently, he is writing poems about Elko, NV, the town where he was born.

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