PoetryFest 2020

Poetry of Place: Letting the Landscape Tell Your Story
Saturday, October 24, 2020 via Zoom
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm, a lunch break from Noon to 12:30
Tuition:  $100
Class is limited to fifteen participants so register early.

In this intensive generative workshop, we will discuss how natural and constructed landscapes affect our identities and shape our writing.

More than “nature poetry” in its traditional sense, we will study how the outside world can be used as a metaphor for relationships, our internal lives, and human connectiveness, investigating empathy, mood, line breaks, evocative language, and other elements.

We will analyze diverse poems from contemporary poets that successfully employ place as metaphors, followed by hands-on writing activities, prompts, and plenty of in-class writing time.

Part 1: 9:30am-12pm
Includes one or two 15-minute blocks for drafting from prompts.
Includes one 30-minute block for writing.

Lunch Break: 12-12:30pm

Part 2: 12:30-4:00pm
Includes one or two 15-minute blocks for drafting from prompts.
Includes one 30-minute block for writing.

Author Bio:
John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A twenty three-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a freelance poetry editor and literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: Yale Review, North American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, and various anthologies.

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PoetryFest with John Sibley Williams



You will receive a meeting invitation to participate in Zoom meetings, as well as links to any other virtual platforms for this course.