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Workshop: Writing from Historical Objects

A free writing workshop, “Writing from Historical Objects” with Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, will be 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

Workshop participants will write poetry and prose inspired by items in the museum’s collection.
Participants should bring paper and a writing utensil. This event will be 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Many American poets have used historical documents, images and stories as a basis for powerful poems that explore “cultural memory,” the

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, photo by John Jernigan; courtesy of Mish.

place where personal and cultural history intersect.
This workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to explore the challenges and possibilities of working with research, historical documents, and archives.

We’ll read historical-document poems by several contemporary American poets and then write our own. Plan on using an item in the Heritage Center collection or bring your own “historical” – personal, familial, or cultural – photo, document, or object for you to use with the writing prompt.

Mish is a scholar, poet, and prose writer. She is the 2017-18 Oklahoma State Poet Laureate. Her most recent books are “What I Learned at the War,” a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and “Oklahomeland: Essays” (Lamar University Press, 2015).

Dr. Mish is director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA @ Oklahoma City University where she also serves as advisor to Red Earth Review and as a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy, professional writing, and the craft of poetry.

This workshop will be helpful for those who want to participate in the upcoming cowboy poetry contest that we are having Friday, Nov. 16, prior to the fourth annual Chisholm Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Please visit all of our events here on our website to learn more.
Registration for the workshop is not required, but is appreciated. To register, call (580) 252-6692, or email:


This event paid by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and financial assistance from members just like you. Consider becoming a member of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center today.



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