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Remote 3-Hour Workshop: Ellen Bass: It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing)

Sunday  |  October 1  |  3-6pm ET

Oct 1, 2023 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$96.00 – $120.00
Ellen Bass

Music: It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing)

Sappho wrote: Mere air these words, but delicious to hear.

The lyricism of language is one of the great joys of poetry. Rhyme, rhythm, repetition. Speed, pacing, hesitation. Sounds that are sibilant, sonorant, nasal, guttural, liquid, fricative (isn’t it fun just to say these words?). And even more exhilarating to bring the power of sound into our own poems. With the inspiration of a broad array of poems, we’ll become more aware of the mouthfeel of words. And you’ll learn specific techniques to create more lyrical language.

Click here to watch Ellen’s Hard Hat Reading! 

3 hours on Sunday  |  October 1  |  3-6pm ET  | $120 ($96 for Members)

All are welcome, space is limited. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please email with any questions.

About the educator:

Poet and educator Ellen Bass is a Chancellor Emerita of the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent book of poetry, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Previous books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Bass was co-editor with Florence Howe of the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! and has written works of nonfiction, including, with Laura Davis, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, which has been translated into twelve languages. Among her awards are: Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, four Pushcart Prizes and the Lambda Literary Award. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University and lives in Santa Cruz, California.

While our physical space is closed for construction, workshops will be held over Zoom. While you can use Zoom from your phone or browser, we recommend downloading the desktop client. 

Admission $120 ($96 for Members)


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Oct 1, 2023
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$96.00 – $120.00
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