LIVE via ZOOM: 6pm-8pm (Eastern)
Making room for beauty and randomness may seem like an indulgence in our writing. But attending to our astonishments—the tiny miracles and everyday wonders—is the most important work a poet can do. In this weeklong workshop, we’ll explore opportunities to reach for joy in our work by employing language not often found in poetry, reflecting on the difficulty and significance of documenting moments of change, and discussing strategies for honing and revising new and old drafts. During the week, we will look at poems by Lucille Clifton, Ross Gay, Keetje Kuipers, Ada Limon, Natasha Trethewey, Ocean Vuong, and more. This is a generative poetry workshop that will also touch upon revision and the publication process.
January Gill O'Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University, and the author of Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), all published by CavanKerry Press. From 2012-2018, she served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and currently serves on the boards of AWP, Mass Poetry, and Montserrat College of Art. Her poems and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti, among others. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, O'Neil was the 2019-2020 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two kids in Beverly, MA.