Thursday, April 30, 2015

AuThursday: Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes is an American author best known for her memoirs Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany. She also writes poetry, essays, and travel narratives.

The Red River Valley Writing Project's Professional Book Club undertook the study of the Frances Mayes book The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems this past winter. The group met four Sundays during January, February, and March to discuss the text and try their hand at some of the exercises included in the book.



In The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems, Frances Mayes leads readers through the reading and writing of poetry in sections on words, meter, rhyme and repetition, poetry forms, subject and style, and others. Many example and mentor poems from a variety of authors and ideas for exercises and revision are included to help readers better understand, appreciate, and enjoy the whole poetry reading and writing experience.

A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, The Book of Summer, and Ex Voto. Her text The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems is widely used in college poetry classes. Formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing.  She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Tuscany. (from the Frances Mayes official website)

To learn more about Mayes, read her blog, peruse her literary catalog, or to check out some of her favorite recipes, click on the hyperlinked text above.