24 Pearl Street, Fine Arts Work Center: “Praise: Poems of Celebration, Ecstasy, and Survival”

November 11 - December 6, 2019 | ONLINE

“Come, see
real flowers
of this painful world.” – Basho

It can be difficult, in these trying times, to make space for praise, or to notice the occasion for it. It is easy to believe it, even, selfish. (“Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home,” writes Szymborska.) But to find in dark times things to praise is not to be ignorant of suffering—it is to, despite our suffering, survive. In this generative workshop, we will look to poems by poets like Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, Franz Wright, Pablo Neruda, Joy Harjo, and Gregory Orr that praise the erotic, the mundane, the difficult, and the divine as we write our own (fully, painfully) aware poems of celebration and ecstasy.


North Carolina Writers’ Network: “Hush: Writing the Quiet Poem”

March 12, 2019 | ONLINE

In a time of seemingly endless bustle and noise, a quiet moment can be rare or too easily overlooked. In this workshop, we’ll turn the volume down and discuss how to notice and render the poetry of these “ordinary” moments. Using the work of masters such as Mary Oliver, Jane Hirshfield, Li-Young Lee, and Louise Glück, we will learn how to best use the tools of breath, space, syntax, and the line, and to recognize and communicate the power and beauty in what does not shout for attention, but quietly demands it.


The Speakeasy Project

March 15 - April 19, 2019 | ONLINE

A generative 4-week workshop focusing on craft, forms, and contemporary poetry.