Wyoming Arts Council

Literary events at Mountain West Conference

Guy Lebeda, the Wyoming Arts Council’s pal in Salt Lake City, sent this:

Poets and writers please join us at the Mountain West Conference on the Arts, May 8-9, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, Utah.

This is a great opportunity for inspiration, networking, professional development, accessing essential resources and creating community connections.

Just look at the poetry components of the conference:

1. Keynote Speaker: David Whyte. Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. A captivating speaker with a compelling blend of profound poetry and insightful commentary, David is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with a wide and diverse international clientele. David is the author of six volumes of poetry and two bestselling books of prose.

2. Session: “Wooing the Wild Horses: Harnessing the Poem,” by Lance Larsen, Poet & Professor of English, Brigham Young University. Tap into your imagination. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to be led through a process of drawing on their inner thoughts and dreams, allowing inspiration to come through the written word onto the page.

3. Session: “Innovative Approaches to the Art of Healing,” with Susan Sample, poet; Therese Jones, Associate Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine; and Shannon McQuade, Project and Training Coordinator, Arts in Caring Council. There is a profound difference between “healing” and “curing,” just as there is between “illness” and “disease,” and both doctors and patients view the contemporary practice of medicine as being over-focused on biomedical technologies and interventions. This panel will explore the integration of the humanities in medical education and the introduction of the arts in clinical settings. It will also review how the integration of the arts improves health outcomes, as well as highlights existing local programs and available resources for artists and health care professionals.

4. At the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards Luncheon, Skyline High School senior Madison Niermeyer, 2008 Utah State Poetry Out Loud Champion, will recite one of the poems that she will perform at the National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, D.C.

For more information visit hhttp://arts.utah.gov/events_calendar/annual_conference/index.html or contact Jason Bowcutt at jbowcutt@utah.gov or call 801-236-7554.

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