Have you ever thought, “I’d love to do a writing residency, but I don’t have time, or am not able to travel right now?” Or maybe you’ve thought, “I want to get a lot done, but don’t want to write in isolation!” This is a friendly, but rigorous, community-based, one-week summer course you can take from your desk, garden, favorite café, or couch with the goal of setting you up to write five new poems in the span of a week. Yes, you can do it! You will write new poems based off of prompts inspired by movement and give and receive feedback on peer work while reading poems by Richard Blanco, Rita Dove, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Wright. At the end of the course, you will receive additional feedback from the instructor via a phone call (or synchronous chat). This summer, we travel through our poems and think about the ways language transports us.
LIVE ELEMENT: We will hold an attendance-optional poetry reading via Zoom during the last week of the course to celebrate your work!
Tyler Mills is the author of City Scattered (winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), Hawk Parable (winner of the Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019), Tongue Lyre (winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (winner of the Diode Editions Chapbook Prize 2021 and the New England Poetry Club’s 2021 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize). Her memoir-in-essays manuscript titled The Bomb Cloud won a Cafe Royal NYC Cultural Foundation Literature Award. A poet, essayist, and educator, her poems have appeared widely including in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, and Poetry; won magazine awards from Gulf Coast, the Crab Orchard Review, and Third Coast; and been featured in the Academy of American Poets "Poem-a-Day" digital series. The recipient of residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Tyler Mills teaches for the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, NY.