Tribute to Thomas Lux

This tribute reading honors Thomas Lux (1946-2017), beloved poet, mentor, teacher and friend to so many poets with readings by Billy Collins, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Mary Karr, Vijay Seshadri, Patrick Rosal, Amber Tamblyn, and others. Introduced by Jeffrey McDaniel.

A Celebration of Fernando Pessoa

Join poets Patricio Ferrari, John Keene, Vijay Seshadri, and Mónica de la Torre for a re-examination of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), the seminal Portuguese poet who wrote in the guise of a myriad of personae with distinct biographies and aesthetics. Upon the release of a new translation of The Book of Disquiet—his fragmentary “factless autobiography”—panelists discuss Pessoa’s inventive rejection of a singular authentic authorial voice and its legacy for contemporary poetry.

Love and Other Poems with Nathalie Handal

$95.00

In this workshop, we will explore love, and its lyrical parts—lustful and passionate, sexual and erotic, romantic and religious, spiritual and sinful—through writing exercises inspired by love poems written by poets from different periods and places. Readings will include excerpts from Egyptian, Greek and Roman erotic poems; Sufi, Chinese and Japanese elegies; poetry by Sappho, Catullus, Ono no Komachi, Nizar Qabbani, Pablo Neruda, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Emily Dickinson, and others. For centuries we’ve gone to love poems because we need them.

Price: $95.00

Love and Other Poems: A One-Day Workshop with Nathalie Handal

In this workshop, we will explore love, and its lyrical parts—lustful and passionate, sexual and erotic, romantic and religious, spiritual and sinful—through writing exercises inspired by love poems written by poets from different periods and places. Readings will include excerpts from Egyptian, Greek and Roman erotic poems; Sufi, Chinese and Japanese elegies; poetry by Sappho, Catullus, Ono no Komachi, Nizar Qabbani, Pablo Neruda, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Emily Dickinson, and others. For centuries we’ve gone to love poems because we need them.

Open Enrollment Class Registration - Rivera

$325.00

The Open Mind: Lessons from the Visual Arts with Elena Rivera

Price: $325.00

Open Enrollment Class Registration - Villanueva

$325.00

To Fire and Surprise: Making New Poems with R.A. Villanueva

Price: $325.00

To Fire and Surprise: Making New Poems with R.A. Villanueva

Natalie Diaz begins a recent craft talk, “Building The Emotional Image,” considering the interplay between images, story, and history in her poems, reflecting on how her images “mostly come from my home, the place where my brain was formed and where all the little electrical circuits in my brain learned to fire.” In this course, we’ll follow her lead, exploring the infinite possibilities of our own obsessions, interests, and memories. Each session will be devoted to generative writing, the creation of new work, and chances to discuss the surprising drafts that emerge.

The Open Mind: Lessons from the Visual Arts with Eléna Rivera

This workshop will focus on the ways the visual arts informs poetry, not just in writing in and about visual art (architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, installation and public art), but also the ways that the visual arts can help us to re-see our writing practice. How can the visual arts expand our idea of the poem, our practice of making, and help us access inspiration and stimulate our sensibilities?

The Whole Poem with Neil Shepard

From first draft to final draft, we require strategies for seeing the whole poem, both its full potential for content and its most satisfying form. We require, as Charles Olson said, the intense perception of the first draft—to “see” not only the spark but all of the light that makes a poem glow. Then we need to “re-see” the poem, practicing the kind of deep revision that leads us to reconsider everything from word choice and vivid image to metaphoric subtext, grammatical pattern, and inner music of the poem. We’ll use poems from such poets as Anne Carson, C. D.

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