The Cape River Heritage Museum will host a weekend for writers on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
On Friday, Nov. 30, the museum will launch the Heartland Heritage Anthology 3: a Collection of Writings by Citizens of Southeast Missouri with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Poet C. D. Albin of West Plains, Mo. will give a reading during this event. On the following Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, Albin will conduct a workshop entitled “Writing about the Home Place.”
“Contributors to the anthology will be invited to read from their work,” says Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff, Coordinator, “It’s always fun to hear someone ready a poem or story about something that they really care about. At the workshop on Saturday, people will have a chance to do some writing, read to each other, and share stories.”
The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $1160.38 to the Cape River Heritage Museum in support of the Heartland Heritage Anthology and the Writing about the Home Place Workshop. The MHC is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.
More than twenty essayists, poets, artists and photographers contributed original work to the Heartland Heritage Anthology 3. In a forward to the publication, Joe Sullivan, retired editor of the Southeast Missourian, writes that these creative local people have shared “fishing memories, and food memories, and farm memories, and tragic memories, and winter memories, and miracle-of-birth memories, and coming-of-age memories” that will entertain and shine a light on local characters and traditions.
“I am hoping the event will bring together people who like to write and read about local people and places,” Stepenoff says.
C. D. Albin has a lot of insight to offer on the art and craft of writing about the home place. He is a native Ozarker who lives and works in his hometown of West Plains, Mo. He teaches writing and literature at Missouri State University – West Plains, where he edits Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies. His poems, short stories and book reviews have appeared in a number of journals, including Arkansas Review, Big Muddy, Cape Rock, Cave Region Review, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, and Natural Bridge.
“C. D. Albin is a really excellent poet and teacher,” says Stepenoff, “I think everyone who comes will get something out of the experience, but it will vary from person to person. Mostly, I am hoping for a warm and encouraging even that will inspire people to read and write more in the future.”
The reception and the workshop are free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff, call 573-334-0405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org