This workshop will focus on found texts to guide our minds into discovering new phrases of language we normally wouldn’t use in a poem. A writer’s toolbox is vast!. This workshop is inspired by some of the “At Home,” New York Times pieces I created during the Pandemic, where I urged readers to use the newspaper to find language in articles, headlines and bylines, to create Centos, found poems and Golden Shovel poems. Inspiration can be anywhere; sometimes, we just need a jolt!
Leah Umansky is the author of three books of poems, most recently OF TYRANT, forthcoming with The Word Works in 2024. She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and has curated and hosted The COUPLET Reading Series in NYC since 2011. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in such places as The New York Times, POETRY, The Bennington Review, The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, Guesthouse, and Pleiades. She can be found at @leah.umansky on Instagram.