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Lurking in the Belly of Poetry

Instructor: Garry Gottfriedson
Saturday, July 8 - Tuesday, July 11, 9am – 3:30pm
Early Bird Fee: $429 + GST (Extended to June 15)
Regular Fee: $476 + GST
Deposit: $119 + GST (non refundable)

This class has been cancelled for this summer.

Scholarships and Bursaries are available for all Island Mountain Arts Programs, Link here for details.

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To register call 1-800-442-2787 or online below.

You can also mail a cheque to
Island Mountain Arts, Box 65,
Wells, BC, V0K 2R0

Workshop Description:

Delve into the belly of poetry with acclaimed Secwepemc poet, rancher and professional breeder of quarterhorses, Garry Gottfriedson. Working as a group, as well as, individually, participants will be guided through the process of sharpening and shaping their poems. Explore the useful art of imagery in poetry and play with the imagination using images to construct enticing metaphors. Poets will play on the sound within words, vowels, and consonants critical to poetic expression. In addition, we will explore how sounds create rhythm in poetry to channel tone and enhance other elements within poetry.


Garry Gottfriedson, from the Secwepemc nation (Shuswap), was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, B.C. Growing up on a ranch in a ranching and rodeo family, he has been fully immersed in his people’s traditions and spirituality. He comes from four generations of horse people. His passion for horses, raising and training them, still continues to this day. He holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University and has studied Creative Writing at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. His published works include 100 Years of Contact (SCES, 1990); In Honour of Our Grandmothers (Theytus, 1994); Glass Tepee (Thistledown, 2002, and nominated for First People’s Publishing Award 2004); Painted Pony (Partners in Publishing, 2005); Whiskey Bullets (Ronsdale, 2006, and Anskohk Aboriginal Award finalist); Skin Like Mine (Ronsdale, 2010, and shortlisted for Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry); Jimmy Tames Horses (Kegedonce, 2012); Chaos Inside Thunderstorms (Ronsdale, 2014). His works have been anthologized both nationally and internationally. He has read from his work across Canada and in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Events Included:

Friday, July 7, 7pm: Student Welcome Reception, IMA Gallery (2323 Pooley Street) – Meet your instructor and pick up your student information packages. 

Saturday, July 8, 5:30pm: Student BBQ, School, free for students

Saturday, July 8, 7pm: Artist Talk with Shary Boyle

Sunday, July 9, 7pm: Artist Talk with Joseph M. Sanchez

Monday, July 10, 7pm: Reading with Garry Gottfriedson 

IMA students also receive free admission to Barkerville Historic Town and many discounts to local businesses.