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Keetje Kuipers The Pleasures of Peril: Writing Poems on the Brink Poetry January 30 to February 24, 2023 Number of Participants: 15 Price: $650.00 Format: 4 Week Asynchronous Workshop


What does it mean to be risky on the page? To not just write towards the things that scare us, but to write about them in a way that unsettles? And how can insisting on making ourselves uncomfortable in the process of composition provide a sense of startling free-fall for our readers, too? A complacent and competent poem is a forgettable poem. So while you may have been encouraged in the past to polish your poems to a smooth shine, we’ll instead spend our four weeks concentrating on finding the “rumble strips” in your work—those places where interruption, questioning, and uncertainty create a reverberation in your poem that unsettles both the writer and the reader. We’ll accomplish this through the adventures of rigorous reading, daring drafting, and thoughtfully uncomfortable revision that asks each of us to dig into those places in the poem that don’t sing, but instead whistle a high, discordant note. You’ll walk away with several new poems-in-progress, as well as a fresh appreciation for writing on the edge.

Optional Live Elements: Students are invited to join an optional Zoom welcome session on the first day of class. I will also be holding individual Zoom conferences to chat with you about your poems during our third week together.


Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), and All Its Charms (2019), which includes poems honored by publication in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje’s poetry and prose have appeared in The New York Times, American Poetry Review, POETRY, and over a hundred other magazines. Keetje has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and the recipient of multiple residency fellowships, including PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. She lives with her wife and children in Montana, where she is Editor of Poetry Northwest. Her fourth book, Lonely Women Make Good Lovers, which was awarded the Isabella Gardner Award, will be published by BOA Editions in spring 2025.

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