Experiment & Possibility Everlasting: Making Poems In the Poem Lab
Every poem is, at its heart, an experiment. This means there’s no such thing as a poem that doesn’t have the possibility to teach us something deeply important about our practice, our poetics, and the world around us. In this workshop we will write a ton of poems, devise lots of experiments that will help us keep writing and revising all year long. We will also have the remarkable opportunity of collaborating with master printmaker Fred Liang and his printmaking class to explore thematic, narrative and poetic ideas based on collaborative practice with visual artists. The projects last year included broadsides, collage, large prints with text. This class is open to writers at all levels. Last year we had folks who were fairly new to poems and people with many books. Alums of this class are welcome as all the experiments will be different.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX; the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review; and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi's poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, The New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, The Year I Didn't Kill Myself and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Carrboro, NC, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice.