In this free two-hour event, returning Osher instructor Robert Krut reads from his award-winning new collection, This is the Ocean, as well as guides students through a writing experience of their own. In the first hour, Krut will share poems from his book, share stories about their creation, and answer questions about the writing process. This is the Ocean is the recipient of the 2012 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Award from Bona Fide Books, and will be of particular interest to UCLA OLLI students with its numerous Los Angeles area settings and references. As The Los Angeles Review says: “This is the Ocean’s philosophical musings and tight formalism echo [Wallace] Stevens, but Krut takes the blue guitar and plays it electric.” In the second hour, Krut will lead a discussion about poetry on a larger scale, including an in-class writing activity for students. This conversation and exercise will take place in a positive, enthusiastic atmosphere, aiming to share a love of poetry.
*Books will be available for purchase (cash and check) at the event.
Robert Krut is the author of This is the Ocean (Bona Fide Books, Winner of the 2012 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize), as well as The Spider Sermons (BlazeVox, 2009). His poems have appeared in numerous journals, both in print and online. He teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Writing Program and College of Creative Studies, where he has been nominated three times for the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He was an UCLA Osher instructor from 2010-2011.
Fee: $0 for Osher members and their guests
Westwood: Belmont Village, 10475 Wilshire Blvd.
¤Sat 10am-12pm, Jan 18, 1 mtg
To reserve a spot on the tour please call Registration at 310.825.9971 with Registration# 246436 or visit http://www.uclaextension.edu and use the Quick Enroll tab.