Summer Workshop Program 2023
Race and class, climate and country, violence and trauma: from the global to the personal, from headlines to history, our times and lives present us with troubling issues that may seem hard to address in poems. This workshop will discuss some ways to enter these difficult territories and some poetic strategies to use when you get there. Following a discussion of published poems, each day’s workshop will focus on participants’ work.
Martha Collins’s eleventh book of poems is Casualty Reports (Pittsburgh, 2022). Her tenth, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Previous books of poems include three focused on race (Blue Front, White Papers, and Admit One: An American Scrapbook) and the paired volumes Day Unto Day and Night Unto Night. A fifth volume of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, Dreaming the Mountain by Tue Sy, is due from Milkweed this spring. Collins founded the creative writing program at U. Mass Boston and taught at Oberlin College for ten years. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.