Summer Workshop Program 2023
This workshop offers poets of all levels an opportunity to study how ideas and sound work together to enhance poems. In other words, we will work on making your poems sound as good as possible while keeping the ideas in them clear. A poem is always about the relationship between its sonic and imaginative parts; this is what convinces the ear that the subject is not only real but also important. For this reason, we will study techniques used by poets across various eras as well as workshop your own poems extensively in search of the keenest balance between these three pillars of the art of poetry: sound, subject, and the imagination.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of numerous books, including most recently Living Weapon and The Circuit. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, and the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting. His translations from the Catalan have appeared widely. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and the poetry editor of The New Republic.