Summer Workshop Program 2024

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Full Schedule
Faculty

Week 1: June 16 - 21

Photo: Matthew Olzmann
Vievee Francis
Addressing the Shared World
June 16 to June 21, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Advanced
In this workshop, we will focus on how to write in troubled times. Although Wordsworth would have us wait and write from a more contemplative state, how do we get there? What if the world around us throws us off-balance? Our work can’t find its footing. We slip into stagnation and wonder why write at... more
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
The Art of the Ending
June 16 to June 21, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
Do you often find yourself unsatisfied with your endings? Do you wonder why some poets seem to consistently find a good ending for their poems while you don’t? What even makes a good ending? This workshop will focus on the magic and mechanics of endings: the how and why of them; the when and where... more

Week 2: June 23 - 28

Portrait by Margarita Corporan
Matthew Olzmann
Strangeness, Curiosities, and Defamiliarization
June 23 to June 28, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
This workshop will explore the concept that poetry should “make the strange familiar, and the familiar strange.” How does a poem take something ordinary and charge it with wonder and mystery? How does something wild and surreal feel immediately connected to our daily lives? Let’s talk about how that happens. This will be a generative... more
Oliver de la Paz
Small Wonders: The Prose Poem and Its Packages
June 23 to June 28, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
In this workshop, we’ll attempt to understand what is meant by the terms “lyric essay,” “short-short,” and “prose poem.” Often, people suggest that writing in these shorter prose forms is liberating, but what exactly does that mean? Does the lack of line breaks serve a purpose or is it arbitrary for some prose poems? Does... more

Week 3: June 30 - July 5

Gabrielle Calvocoressi
After The Solstice Towards The Harvest: A Week Of Turning Towards Poems
June 30 to July 5, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
Even though this workshop happens at the height of summer, it’s already starting to get dark. Or. Maybe it’s always getting dark at the same time the light keeps pouring in and through us. Maybe harvest is always on its way. In this generative workshop, we will consider how light and darkness cohabit in our... more
Photo: Beowulf Sheehan
Kimiko Hahn
Getting Mixed Up: Writing Hybrid Texts
June 30 to July 5, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
Not sure which genre to choose? Maybe a combination is more in line with your current aesthetic—why not try! In this generative workshop, we will literally mix things up to create a new unified experience. You can expect to write new material, rip up old stuff, and research captivating fields. By the end of the... more
Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Dante Micheaux
The Lyric Self
June 30 to July 5, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Advanced
The lyric poem is a text of emotion, a text of thought, expressed directly from the poet to the reader. Participants will read various examples of lyric poetry to observe differences in the mode and discuss methods of finding and channeling their lyric selves into a text. Through these steps, participants will produce a poem... more

Week 4: July 7 - 12   QUEER WEEK

Cameron Awkward-Rich
Writing To, After, With
July 7 to July 12, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
Poetry is often imagined as a solitary art, the poet as a lone and lonely figure, but poetry is also a profoundly communal practice. It is a place we go to speak with the dead, the absent living, and our never-singular selves; a spark that animates and organizes collectives; a lineage to step into. Borrowing... more

Week 5: July 14 - 19

Photo: Ladan Osman
Donika Kelly
The Erotic and Beyond
July 14 to July 19, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
How do we write love poems? Why do we write love poems and when? Who are love poems about: the lover or beloved? In this generative workshop, we will begin with Anne Carson’s and Audre Lorde’s treatments of the erotic as our initial sites of inquiry into intimacy, longing, and the triangulation of desire. We... more
Mark Wunderlich
You Must Change Your Life: Writing the Ekphrastic Poem
July 14 to July 19, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
Poetry has often been used to bridge the distance between visual art and the viewer, and poems can bring new dimensions of discovery and understanding to paintings, sculpture, installation, and moving images. In this generative workshop, we will read a number of important ekphrastic poems (poems that are about works of visual art), and learning... more

Week 6: July 21 - 26

Patricia Spears Jones
Girds And Cables, What Holds a Poem Together
July 21 to July 26, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Intermediate/Advanced
I am a lover of bridges, so they have angled their way into this workshop description, and why not? We cross bridges every day both mindful of their structure and also indifferent. But without structure from the materials that hold up the bridge, there would be no bridge, no crossing, no journey, and no way... more

Week 7: July 28 - August 2

Jessica Jacobs
Service of the Heart: Exploring the Sacred Through Poetry
July 28 to August 2, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
In our shared week, we’ll strive to step outside the rush of ordinary time to create together a space of inspiration and contemplation, exploring questions as old as human consciousness: What does it mean to live a worthwhile life? How do we live well knowing we will die? How can ancient teachings deepen and inform... more
John Murillo
Cut, Scratch, & Blend: Revision as Remix
July 28 to August 2, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
“Poetry,” writes Yusef Komunyakaa in his essay collection Blue Notes, “is an act of meditation and improvisation. And need is the motor that propels the words down the silent white space.” In this workshop, participants will consider various perspectives on the revision process and explore strategies for re-drafting poems-in-progress. While this workshop is open to... more
Porsha Olayiwola
(Re)Memory & Omission
July 28 to August 2, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Intermediate/Advanced
Transcendent work leaves a reader with a sense of wonder and mystery, oftentimes by withholding details. Narrators are gifted magical powers, able to control the amount and the kind of information a reader takes in. This includes the power to leave out context and omit information. Participants in this poetry-hybrid writing workshop will spend time... more

Week 8: August 4 - 9

Tina Chang
Soft Launch
August 4 to August 9, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
This poetry workshop focuses its attention on a body of work you are creating. Perhaps you have the foundation for a chapbook or a collection, or perhaps you are finding shape for a handful of poems from which you can view their collective shine. Whether you’ve been separated from your craft for some time or... more
Chen Chen
Writing Friendship
August 4 to August 9, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
Inspired by recent discourse on the complexities of friendship, this multi-genre generative workshop explores a variety of approaches to writing about/from friendship. We’ll start by discussing Mary Ruefle’s Pushcart Prize-winning essay “Dear Friends” before diving into friendship-focused work by a range of poets and writers. Each day you will be provided prompts and exercises, and... more
Nicole Sealey
Seeing is Believing: Drafting the Lasting Image
August 4 to August 9, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
In The Poet’s Companion, Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux argue that images should “produce a bit of magic, a reality so real it is ‘like being alive twice.’” As poets, after mining our respective memories, how do we deepen the reader’s experience with the poem via the image? How does one draft a lasting image?... more

Week 9: August 11 – 16

Samiya Bashir
Write on Time: Restorative Poetics from Isolation to Revivification
August 11 to August 16, 2024
Time 9 am - 12 pm

Open To All
In this generative poetry-making workshop, we will sharpen our sound through focused specificity and sensory detail to write in, through, about, and around the many dimensions of time—physical and psychological, real and imagined. We will be wildly imaginative about space and place. “What is called its form,” wrote poet W.S. Merwin, “may be simply that... more

Week 9: August 11 – 16

Week 8: August 4 - 9

Week 7: July 28 - August 2

Week 6: July 21 - 26

Week 5: July 14 - 19

Week 4: July 7 - 12   QUEER WEEK

Week 3: June 30 - July 5

Week 2: June 23 - 28

Week 1: June 16 - 21

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