CCC 'feasts' on local art


Poet Jodie Hollander (left) will be joining CCC English Faculty Sandra Dihlmann for the college's Read Feast, an event of local writers and artists, on Oct. 9.



Flagstaff, Ariz. - Her words seem to sing; a certain cadence develops in voice as a reader utters the words.


“If only I were more like my dark horses,

I wouldn’t have to worry all the time

that I was running too little and resting too much.”


Colorado-based Jodie Hollander, poet in residence at the Museum of Northern Arizona, stresses meter and form when she talks about her poetry, and she will be sharing her knowledge during two events at Coconino Community College. On Oct. 9, she will join a lineup of local writers and artists to celebrate the human experience at the CCC Read Feast. And on Oct. 11, she will offer a poetry workshop at the college to students and community members.



Hollander said she was delighted to join the Read Feast lineup.


“I think it’s really important, particularly people who don’t have a lot of experience with poetry, to experience poetry they can really relate to, and see that it doesn’t always have to be academic, difficult and daunting,” she said.


The Read Feast is a celebration of local art and the essential role it plays in our lives, said Sandra Dihlmann, English faculty at CCC. She added that the event offers a variety of disciplines that showcases local talent and work published in CCC’s two student-produced publications – Curiosand OnCourse.


“We want to support our local artists and bring together our community in one night of fun entertainment,” Dihlmann said.


The venue will feature art by local artists, music, dance, magic and readings by contributors to Curios and OnCourse as well as readings by local writers, including the voices of Ann Cummins, Annette McGivney, Jeremy Martin, Jesse Sensibar, Nicole Walker and Hollander.


Hollander said she strives to relate to people new to poetry.


“I often find people who come to my poetry readings enjoy it more than they expected to,” Hollander said.


And, maybe, others will consider writing their own poetry, Hollander added. Themes she writes about include family dynamics, grief, illness, loneliness and nature – things that large amounts of people can relate to. Accessibility is her aim.


She focuses on writing in a manner that is clear and that communicates. Her poetry is not experimental.


“I’m trained in meter and form, so the music of the poetry is extremely important to me,” Hollander said.


If people can have musical experience with poetry, with sounds that are ear pleasing, that experience will be more enjoyable to them. 



Dihlmann said that Curiosand OnCourseare currently accepting submissions for the next issues, due out in May 2019. The theme for the publications will be “Belonging,” and it is made in connection with the CCC Common Read program for the 2018-19 academic year. CCC Common Read shares a book across the college community to promote dialogue on important topics.


In its inaugural iteration, CCC Common Read is focusing on Sebastian Junger’s book, “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging,” about the experiences of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces as they come home and try to rejoin civilian life.


Hollander, during her workshop on Oct. 11, will lead the workshop along the theme of “Belonging.”


Hollander said she takes the opportunities whenever she can to give back and expose people to something they might love.


“And it’s very gratifying to be able to share with others and to maybe spread my enthusiasm,” Hollander said.



Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

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