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Deep Reading with Poet Christine Perrin

June 15 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT / $20

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Come be refreshed at a retreat-workshop, led by poet Christine Perrin, who will facilitate an experience of deep reading, listening, and conversation at Dottie’s Ranch.

How often have you read an intriguing text and wished you could better mine the silver in its veins? During our time together Christine will guide us in studying The Art of the Lathe, a collection of poems by B.H. Fairchild (Alice James Books, 1998). Employing a participatory reading method, participants will become better readers in community and read more deeply; those who write will be stimulated. If you are a teacher, or if you participate in a book group, you’ll also benefit from learning Christine’s method, one she’s used with hundreds of readers. Participants are consistently surprised by the deeper insights and delight they experience.

A word about the text. The Art of the Lathe is regarded as a contemporary classic, described by the LA Times as, “a passionate example of the plain style, so finely crafted and perfectly pitched. . . . Workhorse narratives suffused with tenderness and elegiac music.” Each participant will need to purchase a copy of the book.


Our schedule includes times of liturgical prayer, reading poems in a participatory fashion, conversation, and reflective writing. We will take a few short breaks and share lunch together.

8:30-9:00 AM — Doors at Dottie’s Ranch open for coffee

9:00 AM -12:30 PM — Teaching, Reading, and Writing

12:30-1:00 PM — Lunch


Dottie’s Ranch, the Upper House retreat house, located at 4136 Rutland Dunn Townline Road (near the town of Oregon). See directions.

What to Bring
  • A copy of The Art of the Lathe by B.H. Fairchild (Alice James Books, 1998)
  • A pencil
  • A notebook or paper
About Christine Perrin

Christine Perrin, M.F.A., has taught literature and writing at Johns Hopkins University, Gordon College’s Orvieto Program, the Nashotah House Seminary, and at Messiah University for over 25 years in various capacities, most recently in the Literature, Language, and Writing Department. She is a two-time recipient of the Pennsylvania Arts Council Artists Fellowship and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship. She is the poetry editor of Forma Journal and has published The Art of Poetry (Classical Academic Press, 2009) and Bright Mirror (University of St. Katherine Press, 2016).



June 15
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
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Dottie’s Ranch
4136 Rutland Dunn Town Line Road
Oregon, Wisconsin 53575
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