24PearlStreet Workshops and Events

Krysten Hill Say It Like You Mean It: Writing & Performing Dynamic Poems – LIVE Poetry March 18 to March 22, 2024 Number of Participants: 1 Price: $575.00 Format: 1 Week - LIVE Zoom Workshop

LIVE via ZOOM: 3pm-5pm (Eastern Time).

Any writer, regardless of genre or form, benefits from practicing methods to help them perform their work well. As a poet, I’ve experienced a certain dread when preparing for readings and the trials of surviving a tough audience. I’ve learned that the page and the stage are always practice spaces that writers can meet with different energy and techniques, every time they create or perform.

In this generative workshop, we will read poems and utilize prompts that encourage writers to embody poetry through the use of poetic devices and tools for public speaking. From long to short poems that showcase the musicality of language, we will examine how features such as form, sound, punctuation, tone, and even silence can enthrall. Readings will include Patricia Smith, Chen Chen, Lucille Clifton, Vievee Francis, Anne Sexton, Diane Seuss, and others. Together, we will explore techniques to make language come alive on the page and in front of any audience.


Krysten Hill is the author of How Her Spirit Got Out (Aforementioned Productions, 2016), which received a Jean Pedrick Prize in 2017. Her work has been featured in The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day Series, Poetry Magazine, PANK, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Winter Tangerine Review, and elsewhere. She received a Vermont Studio Center Residency in 2023, a Mass Cultural Council Poetry Fellowship in 2020, and a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in 2016. Krysten is an educator and writer who has featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Boston Book Festival, Blacksmith House, New Hampshire Poetry Festival, and elsewhere.

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