For my Meet the Artist event, I gave two presentations at Big Picture Middle School in Burien. The first presentation was for 31 8th grade students who were working on creative writing in their English class. The presentation included recitations of some of my poetry, and background on my life as a cowboy. The students had a chance to ask many questions about how I create my poetry, overcome writer’s block, different aspects of cowboy life, etc.
The second presentation was for 35 7th grade students who were studying Washington State history and culture and were also doing a unit on art and poetry. I gave them background on my life as a cowboy and cowboy history and culture in Washington State, and they had the chance to ask me many questions about it. I also recited some of my poetry that was drawn from actual experiences in my life as a cowboy and poems that offer a window onto cowboy culture.
Some students in both groups who were very interested in writing poetry and other literature came up to me after the presentations to ask more specific questions about how to deal with writer’s block, how I am inspired to write, and other kinds of advice about writing. I encouraged them to check out Artist Trust!
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Artist Trust’s Meet the Artist program is an integral component of the annual Artist Trust Fellowships. Every Fellowship recipient presents an event outside of their geographic area of residence or to a community that would not ordinarily have access to their work. Meet the Artist bridges our artistic community with the diverse communities in Washington State, increasing awareness about the vital roles the arts and artists play in our culture.