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Writing Workshop Features Japanese Forms

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Writing and Understanding Senrya, a workshop by Professor Llyn De Danaan and sponsored by the Olympia Poetry Network, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Senryu, a poem of 3 lines and 17 syllables, is structurally similar to Haiku. It was written by Japanese American communities throughout Washington State during the 20th century including in internment camps during WWII. Participants will study the form and its cultural context specifically in Washington State, then write together on themes. LLyn De Danaan is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and a cultural anthropologist. She has a piece in WA 129, the Washington State poetry anthology published in 2017. Her most recent book is Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay. (University of Nebraska Press). She worked with a community of Japanese Americans on Oyster Bay to collect life histories and poetry. De Danaan is a speaker for Humanities Washington and emerita faculty, The Evergreen State College. The workshop is free and all ages are welcome. Call 360-701-2030 for more information.