O Taste and See: Writing the Senses in Deep France


May 28 - June 4, 2018
Fee: $2395 includes all instruction, lodging, and most meals


Join Poet
Marilyn Kallet
for the
writing adventure
of a lifetime

"Above all, I learned to breathe.
Like the roses of Auvillar,
I opened to what was around me.
I inhaled and savored."


-- Tomi Wiley
   2010 workshop participant

This is a writing workshop with emphasis on, but not limited to, poetry writing, in which we invite language to help us celebrate the sensory joys of being in Southwest France.  The workshop is entering its sixth season: both returning students and new students are welcome to join and deepen their work.  

Everything is poetry in Auvillar

We are located in the village of Auvillar, one of the “most beautiful villages in France,” where food is fresh and delicious, the scenery is vibrant and the light changes hundreds of times each day.  The Garonne River courses by and offers its own poetry.  The 13th century walls, built on Roman ruins, evoke history at every turn. Everything is poetry in Auvillar—it is impossible not to write here.   So come join us for the writing adventure of a lifetime, led by experienced poet and professor Marilyn Kallet, author of 16 books of poetry, translations, essays, and children’s books.

It's impossible not to write here

The workshop includes a visit to the open-air market in Valence d'Agen as well as photography and cooking demonstrations with gourmet chef, professional photographer, and journalist Christophe Gardner. Most meals are provided and will be of gourmet quality, composed of fresh, local foods.

Christophe Gardner has been the chef for various restaurants with Michelin stars: Le Chardonnay  in Reims, Le Morvan in Avllaoon, Jean-Claude Ferrerro in Paris.

He owned Ile de France, Bloomington, Le Monthelie, Montreal, and Main à la Pâte, Montreal.  He started photographing professionally 36 years ago, and is starting a photography agency in Auvillar.  His photographs were displayed in June 2012 at the Tourist Bureau of Auvillar.

Christophe writes and photographs for the newspaper, La Dépêche du Midi.


Marilyn Kallet

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 17 books, including The Love That Moves Me, poetry from Black Widow Press. She has translated Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems, Péret’s The Big Game, and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s Disenchanted City. Dr. Kallet is Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English at the University of Tennessee. She also leads poetry workshops every year for VCCA-France in Auvillar. She has performed her poems on campuses and in theaters across the United States as well as in France and Poland, as a guest of the U.S. Embassy’s “America Presents” program. The University of Tennessee lists her as a specialist on poetry’s role in times of crisis, as well as on poetry and healing, poetry and humor, poetry and dreams, poetry and Jewish identity. Her next book of poems, How Our Bodies Learned, is forthcoming from Black Widow Press, January 2018.




Click here to see photos of the 2012 workshop

Click here to see a slide show of the 2010 workshop 

Click here to read Marilyn's blog about her experiences in Auvillar, at Red Room.