Join us in celebrating the power of poetry at the Work Center’s 5th Annual Poetry Festival. The Festival includes weeklong poetry and songwriting workshops by some of our nation’s most inspired and awarded poets. Each week also includes a curated series of visual arts workshops. Evening events include keynotes, faculty readings and artist talks, student readings and open studios.

PART 1  JULY 26 - 31
KEYNOTE
Major Jackson

SUNDAY, JULY 26  7PM
Stanley Kunitz Common Room

Major Jackson is author of five volumes of poetry, most recently, The Absurd Man. His edited volumes include Renga for Obama and Best American Poetry 2019. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the New York Times. He teaches at the University of Vermont and is the recipient of honors from The Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Whiting Foundation. He serves as poetry editor of the Harvard Review.

Keynote is free for students attending a workshop this week. 
Tickets for the general public will be available at the door.

WRITING FACULTY

TRACI BRIMHALL
BETWEEN WILDERNESS & CLARITY: TURNING YOUR TENSION 

 

 

 

MICHAEL COLLIER
TRANSLATION & REVISION: A GENERATIVE POETRY WORKSHOP

 

 

 

VIEVEE FRANCIS
THE SKY IS FALLING: ASCENDANT & DESCENDENT GESTURES IN THE POEM

 

 

 

KIMIKO HAHN
THE HYBRID POEM

 

 

 

MAJOR JACKSON
WRITING TO IMAGINE OURSELVES: A POETRY WORKSHOP

 

 

 

GREGORY PARDLO
THIS IS NOT A PIPE: VOICE IN POETRY & MEMOIR 


 

 

 

VISUAL ARTS FACULTY

DANIEL HEYMAN
FLYING HIGH: WOODBLOCK PRINTS & KITE MAKING

 

 

 

RICHARD RENALDI
BEYOND THE SELFIE: REPRESENTATION & THE PSYCHE

 

 

 

PAUL STOPFORTH
DISCOVERING DRAWING

 

 

 

 

PART 2 AUGUST 2-7
KEYNOTE
TERRANCE HAYES


SUNDAY, AUGUST 2  7PM
Stanley Kunitz Common Room

Terrance Hayes is the author of six poetry collections: American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, a finalist for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and TS Eliot Prize; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series, and Wind in a Box. His prose collection, To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. Hayes has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and Whiting Foundation, and is a professor of English at New York University.

Keynote is free for students attending a workshop this week. 
Tickets for the general public will be available at the door.

WRITING FACULTY

TINA CHANG
HYBRID BEAST

 

 

 

NICK FLYNN
POETRY AS BEWILDERMENT

 

 

 

PATTY LARKIN
LYRIC, THE SOUND OF WORDS: A SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

 

 

 

CAMPBELL MCGRATH
2020 VISION: POETRY & THE WORLD 

 

 

 

JOHN MURILLO
CUT, SCRATCH & BLEND: REVISION AS REMIX

 

 

 

EILEEN MYLES
THE FUTURE: A POETRY WORKSHOP IN 2020


 

 

MATTHEW OLZMANN
WHAT YOU KNOW OF THE WORLD IS WRONG: EXPECTATION & SURPRISE

 

 

 

NICOLE SEALEY
SEEING IS BELIEVING: DRAFTING THE LASTING IMAGE

 

 

 

VISUAL ARTS FACULTY

FRED LIANG
MONOPRINTING: MAGICAL TRANSFORMATION, CREATING UNDER PRESSURE