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Online: Spontaneous Poetry & Music


with Joey Kenig & Tim Stouffer

Calendar Jul 18, 2020 at 3 pm

Saturday, July 18, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This class is offered free. If you can make a freewill donation of $20 or more or less as you are able, your support will help the Folk School continue to offer classes and pay instructors.

This two-hour class combines a writing workshop with performance poetry. Tim (Raven) and Joey (Loon) have been performing together for several years as the Raven Loonatics, featuring the spoken word and acoustic guitar improvisations. They often invite their audiences to participate in the creation of a poem or story on the spot. The aim of this workshop is to take participants behind the scenes with Raven (Tim) and Loon (Joey) and to provide inspiration, insight and guidance for writers, musicians and interested students of all kinds.

Please have paper and pen or pencil ready to use and bring either a stuffed animal or a photograph of a loved one.

About the instructors: Both Tim and Joey have taught in other settings, both formal (classroom) and experiential. Together and separately, they have led writing workshops for both adults and children.They perform together in coffee houses, auditoriums, private homes and the public square and can be hired for a price if you enjoy unique and live entertainment, often for a dinner party.

Joey Kenig is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a background in experiential education and a long history of work in the building trades. He began performing as a musician at age 10, and has been writing and performing original and traditional songs and instrumental melodies for the past 60 years. Dividing his time between Ely and St Louis, MO, he performs regularly, both solo and with other musicians.

Timothy Stouffer is a poet and folk artist who lives in Ely with his wife, Jen, and children, Simon, Lucy and Juliet accompanied by cats Minnow and Poirot, and a new Jack Russell puppy named Mr. David Byrne. Tim writes poetry on demand at the Ely Farmers Market and online. He hosts Poets and Pints, an open mic poetry night in Ely, and he is evolving the art of performance poetry. He is currently working on several novels and is known to spontaneously poet. He believes, "Words are lifeblood. They sprout in the dark and bloom in the deliberate light of dawn."



Book Release: The Shore's Absolute Edge


with DyAnne Korda

Calendar Jul 23, 2020 at 7 pm

Thursday, July 23, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join DyAnne Korda at the book release party for her new poetry collection, The Shore’s Absolute Edge. She will present a spoken-word performance accompanied by guitarist Lisa Pugh. Music will follow.

Korda has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review and is author of Path of Belonging, Finding the Lost Woman and This Earth Woman.

Here’s what others in artistic and nature professions are saying about The Shore’s Absolute Edge:

“The Shore’s Absolute Edge is a fine accomplishment, many keen perceptions.”       
Betsy Bowen, Woodcut Artist

“I am so enjoying The Shore’s Absolute Edge. It is really marvelous—so close to the earth. Meinrad Craighead would have loved these poems.”    Amy Dosser (Kellum), Film Producer, Praying with Images

“I allowed myself time to savor a small set of poems daily at quiet times. I felt at peace. The Shore’s Absolute Edge will be shared and it has a home near my books by Terry Tempest Williams, Linda Hogan and other women nature writers.”
Gigi Stafne, Director of Green Wisdom School of Natural & Botanical Medicine.

DyAnne Korda was awarded her second Individual Artist Grant through The Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust and an Artist Access Grant through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to complete The Shore’s Absolute Edge. She has taught nature writing classes at the Ely Folk School for several years.

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