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CANCELED -- "Where Poems Come From" -- A workshop with Frank X. Gaspar

We received word this afternoon that the Frank Gaspar workshop has been canceled.

If you are a poet or you're just looking for a place to talk about poetry and writing, join multi-award-winning author and poet Frank X. Gaspar for two days of talking craft, reading poems, and working on your own writing.

Frank X. Gaspar

Frank X. Gaspar will be offering a two-day writing workshop followed by a public reading at Arts Letters and Numbers in Averill Park.

The workshops will take place 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31. A reading and reception with Frank and workshop participants will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1. The reading and reception are open to the public.

All events at Arts Letters and Numbers, 1543 Burden Lake Rd, Averill Park, NY 12018.

The cost for the two-day workshop is $100. Space is very limited.

For questions and to register, contact Bonnie Cook at or 518-424-4930. For further information, visit

The workshop program is open to writers of all levels of interest and skill levels, including a warm introduction for those who are just interested in deepening their own experiences through art.

About Frank X. Gaspar

Frank X. Gaspar is the author of five collections of poetry and three novels, including Late Rapturous (Autumn House Press, 2012), Night of a Thousand Blossoms (Alice James Books, 2004), and A Field Guide to the Heavens (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), winner of the Brittingham Prize for Poetry.

Among his many awards are the Morse, Anhinga, and Brittingham Prizes for poetry, multiple inclusions in Best American Poetry, three Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and a California Arts Council Fellowship in poetry.

He was born and raised in Provincetown, Mass., of Azorean descent (Pico, Sao Miguel). His ancestors were traditionally whalers and Grand Banks fisherman, sailing out of the Islands and then Provincetown. In 1966 Gaspar joined the U.S. Navy and served for 3 and a half years, including two tours on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-12) during the Vietnam War and the recovery of Apollo 11 space module.

Gaspar’s awards for fiction include a Barnes and Noble Discovery Prize, a California Book Award for First Fiction, a New York Times Notable Book award, and a MassBook of the Year in Fiction. His work has appeared widely in magazines and literary journals, including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Harvard Review, The American Poetry Review, and others.


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