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Joe Kita didn’t make his high school basketball team.
It’s like the Bruce Springsteen’s song “Glory Days” — he carried around the regret for 20 years, he said, and then it was time to mend what he lost. At age 40, with permission from his editor at Men’s Health, Kita found himself back in a gym and trying not to be dropped from his team.
After two weeks of tryouts, he made the cut, and after the story was published, he got hundreds of letters from all over the country.
That will be the topic of Kita’s, prose writer-in-residence for Week Four, Brown Bag Lecture, “Have a Regret-Free Life,” at 12:15 p.m. today on Alumni Hall porch.
Week Four brings Patricia Jabbeh Wesley and Joe Kita to the Writers’ Center as writers-in-residence, and their topics will heal — mentally, anyway.
Poet-in-residence Jabbeh Wesley, an associate professor of English and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University Altoona, will begin the week with a “Poetry and Healing” workshop.
“The workshop is a creative writing class in which writers will write poetry that helps them explore past feelings of hurt, pain or trauma in a way that writing about these become a powerful healing instrument,” Jabbeh Wesley said.
Though the Writers’ Center still offers regular workshops with its writers-in-residence, some of this summer’s selection of classes branch out across the Institution.
During Week Five, poet Jim Daniels will allow Chautauquans to explore the grounds and will then gather their responses to visual art. Clara Silverstein, Writers’ Center program director, said she thinks attendees will enjoy it along with the other classes.
“It’s really a wonderful opportunity to study with an expert in poetry,” she said.