State Writer in Residence to read
October 16, 2012
and teacher William "Bill" Johnson, professor
emeritus of Lewis-Clark College, Lewiston, has
served as Idaho's "Writer in Residence" twice,
from 1998 to 2001 and again from 2010 to 2011.
He will share his work with Bonners Ferry
residents at 7 p.m. Friday, October 19, at the
Boundary County Extension Office. Johnson
presented a similar reading last year. Everyone
is invited to attend.
Johnson has published two collections of poetry,
a chapbook, "At the Wilderness Boundary," and a
full collection of his works, "Out of the
Ruins," which won the Idaho Book Award in 2000.
More recently, he's published another chapbook
of poems, "Dogwood," and a book of essays, "A
River Without Banks."
"A recurrent anxiety prods me to write," he
wrote. "It's a feeling seeking form, half-given
form, by whatever nags or prods me; glint of
bottle glass by the road, a woman's downcast
eyes, or a dead on a path. Intersections as yet
inarticulate, perhaps unsayable, trigger a felt
change, and if I'm lucky my anxiety -- whether
dread, bliss or something between -- lets words
in, and the words move toward a pattern, jumping
ahead in hopes the pattern will grow, lapsing
back to find it again, and in the process, if
I'm lucky, in moments rare as they are
redemptive, becoming a poem."
In addition to his reading Friday, Professor
Johnson will lead a workshop for “The Write
Stuff’ a group of local writers who meet twice a
The Bill Johnson workshop and readings are
hosted by the “Write Stuff” and sponsored by the
Boundary County Library and the Idaho Commission
for the Arts.
You can learn more by calling Kathy Garrison
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