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Discussion on why poetry is essential

Poetry is easy to dismiss or ignore . . . or fear. But when circumstances, situations and writing challenges dictate, there is no substitute for it. All writers can benefit from the artistic vision poetry inspires, as well as from its craft techniques, many of which easily translate to prose.

Prescott poet Jim Natal will discuss "Why poetry is essential for fiction writers, weddings, funerals, vision, and the soul" when the Professional Writers of Prescott meet at 7 p.m. today in the Founders Suite of the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin. Learn how an understanding of the way poetry works can elevate your writing to new levels-no matter your genre. Natal's third poetry collection "Memory and Rain" was published by Red Hen Press in 2009. His first collection "In the Bee Trees" was a finalist for the 2000 Pen Center USA and Publisher's Marketing Association Ben Franklin Awards. A second collection "Talking Back to the Rocks" was published in 2003. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee (2007-2010), Natal teaches creative writing at Yavapai College where he also is the director of the Literary Southwest reading series. With his wife, book artist Tania Baban, he runs Conflux Press, a custom publisher of chapbooks and trade books. For more information, call Leslie Hoy at 445-4218 or visit

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