Edison State Creative Writing Club to Host Poetry Seminar – Darke County Now

PIQUA — Have you ever considered yourself a poet? Or are you a potential poet if only you had more time, or if you had a teacher, or if you didn’t embarrass your family and friends with your ideas? Spend an hour at Edison State Community College’s Piqua Campus in East Hall, Room 406, at 3 p.m. on October 27, 2022, and learn from retired English teacher Jane K. Kretschmann.

Kretschmann says of herself, “When I took the two creative writing courses at Edison State, a world of opportunities for creating poetry opened up before me. I became a member of the writing club, I participated in the celebration of writers in 2004, I contributed to the Poetry/Art exhibition, I published a poem in Departure in 2010, I participated in a poetry reading and taught a creative writers workshop. This led to an article I wrote for Writer’s Digest, and I made a lot of great writer friends. These friends joined me in looking further for other opportunities. I grew from being a new poet and am now an emerging published author.

Kretschmann’s work has appeared online and in print and has been broadcast on radio. Her book of chapters, Imagining a Life, has been published by Foothills Publishing, and her poems have recently appeared in Gyroscope Review, Mock Turtle Zine, NFSPS Encore 2022, and OPA Best of 2022. Her readers’ theater script, Lynching Alabama, has premiered in February 2022 at Edison State, and she was one of the featured poets in this year’s A Mosaic of Voices at the Hayner Cultural Center in Troy.

At the seminar, which is open to members of the Edison State community and students and is sponsored by the Edison State Creative Writing Club, Kretschmann will discuss poems from his series, The Epistles of Lydia of Thyatira, based on Acts 16 of the King James Version of the Bible. She brings Lydia into 2022 by asking her a few questions. Learn how sacred texts, classic works, and cultural myths can be explored to meet the needs of 21st century readers.

Questions? Email Creative Writing Club President August Evans at [email protected] or Club Advisor Dr. Vivian Blevins at [email protected]

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