Imagining Louisiana: A Conversation & Reading with Darrell Bourque & Sheryl St. Germain

Two Louisiana poets discuss the history, challenges and future of Louisianan poetry, examining the influence of culture and landscape as well as the work of Cajun and Creole poets.

Wind, Ice & Other Tremblings of Winter with Richard Lewis

Poet and educator Richard Lewis leads an exploration of the poetry of shivering winds and frozen rivers, mounds of snow and seamless skies. Children imagine becoming icicles reflecting sunlight and learn how to keep warm inside the words of the wintery poems they write.

World Record Imaginations with Karen Benke

Young poets break impossible world records of their own invention in this writing workshop with Karen Benke, author of Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing.

This program is suggested for ages eight to twelve.

The Monsterologist with Bobbi Katz

“Ghostwriter” Bobbi Katz shares hair-raising poems from her new book The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme, the spooky account of a man who devotes his life to the study of monsters. After reading from this “Who’s Who of Monsterhood” (Paul Janeczko), Katz guides children in writing their own monstrous verse.

Master Class with Edward Hirsch

Deadline: Friday, November 5, 2010

Edward Hirsch is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Wild Gratitude, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems. A longtime professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, he is now the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Poems, Prayers & Possession with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

This class examines the way spiritual practice and the life of the mind (often one in the same) play themselves out in poems as old as the Song of Songs and as contemporary as the work we are doing today. Participants will do a close reading of the Song of Songs and consider what makes that poem so timeless. Guest speakers may visit to talk about their own journeys and practices.

Structural Excavations with Lisa Jarnot

This workshop poses the question, “What are the structural elements that make for a good poem?” The writing of workshop participants will be looked at alongside works by writers like Robert Hayden, Lorine Niedecker, Allen Ginsberg and Frank O’Hara. Poems will be excavated for patterns of sounds, meter, word etymologies, images and symbols, and students will write a few poems in the style of their favorite writers.

The Chapbook with Anna Moschovakis

This course engages the poetic and formal scope and limits of the chapbook-length poem or poem series. Through readings and examples, each participant will write a single chapbook-length book. The workshop will also cover some production techniques so that students leave the class with a book as well as ideas for more.

Basic and Bold: The Remix with Patricia Spears Jones

This workshop is for serious poets who are looking for different ways to refresh their vision and expand their writing; who want to make poems that are ambitious, thoughtful and innovative; and who want to see how best to use poetry’s basics from stanza forms to rhyme to free verse in writing poems that will be bolder and larger in expression.

Vision and Revision with Neil Shepard

Participants of this class will discuss how to see into “the deep heart’s core” of a poem and how to refine that core sentiment and sensibility by heightening attention to images, tropes, diction, syntax, line breaks and other musical features of the language. Poems from literary magazines will be examined for specific technical issues, but students’ poems will be the inspiriting focus and force of workshop discussion. Writing exercises that steer the poem toward new strategies and discoveries will be considered.

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