Home: Probing Metaphors of Home

Wednesdays, April 13, 20, & 27, 2016

6:30 - 8:30 pm


Few words carry more layers of meaning: home, at home, home place, welcome home, go home, no home,  home sick, home away from home, nobody home.  Home can mean country; relate to one’s body; imply the experience of inclusion or not; a dream, place of memories.

In these experiential sessions we’ll probe and unpack metaphors of home.  Prompted by local writers and artists, we’ll discern and share what we discover. Listening to one another’s voices, we’ll stretch our understanding and enrich our grasp of home.

Ted Bowman, local poet, editor, and educator will plan and
facilitate each of the experiential sessions.


April 13: Exploring Home as Place through Poetry and Collage

Deborah Keenan, poet, mentor to many writers, and collage artist begins our series by exploring home as a place.

April 20: Reinventing Our Understandings of Home*

Using poetry, memoir and music as prompts, participants will explore the many metaphors of home and share them with one another.

April 27: At Home with the Ambiguity of Home*

Ed Bok Lee, drawing on his and others' experiences of home-away-from-home, immigration, and a multi-lingual and multi-cultural life, will invite us to embrace the ambiguities of home.

*The April 20 and April 27 sessions have switched with one another.


Photo by Emily CookDeborah Keenan is author of ten collections of poetry, most recently  so she had the world, created for Red Bird Chapbooks with painter Susan Solomon.  Also author of the book of writing ideas,  From Tiger to Prayer, she is a professor in the MFA program at Hamline University, and lives in beautiful, mysterious St. Paul.

Ed Bok Lee attended kindergarten in Seoul, South Korea, grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota, and studied Russian and Central Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkley, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, and the University of Minnesota. He holds an MFA from Brown University. Lee is the author of Whorled, winner of an American Book Award and a Minnesota Book Award. He is also the author of Real Karaoke People, winner of a PEN/Open Book Award, and an Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice).


Poet, editor and grief educator Ted Bowman, adjunct professor in Photo by Kabeya PicturesSocial Work at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, is co-editor of The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks, a volume of poems by Minnesota poets addressing themes of loss and renewal.



When: Wednesdays, April 13, 20, & 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Cost: $30.00 per session, $75.00 for the series