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This writing workshop shows writers how to distill and revise poems for maximum impact. Get tickets. Workshop Description: We’ll look at ways to simplify and add complexity to poems, leaving a door open for mystery and surprise. We’ll discuss a narrative poem and a lyric one, and do a short in-class exercise. Limited Virtual Seating. RSVP today.


The Wild Third Voice: Collision, Collusion, and Craft in Poetic Collaboration. Get tickets here.

Join poets Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, long-time collaborators, for a craft talk and (possibly, hopefully) the chance (you get to choose) to participate in a linked collaborative poem which will 1. celebrate the day, 2. mourn the day, or 3. create our own day. In addition to the renga (ancient Japanese collab form), the team will share their experience with the Surrealists’ “Exquisite Corpse” and the exciting “third voice” they discover when their own voices collide. They’ll share how to write poems that bicker and blend, poems in which two or more poems merge into a single narrative. The surprise and mayhem, the experiments in wickedness, the thrill of the wild third voice will all be springboards and inspiration for future collaborations or, if you choose, collaborations with yourself! (Always rewarding.) Come to listen or participate. All are welcome.


Generate new ekphrastic poems in this LGBTQ-friendly creative writing workshop. Get tickets. Workshop Description: The term “ekphrasis” originates from the ancient Greek word for “description.” From Keats to Sexton to O’Hara, poets have long used visual images to inspire written text based on the interpretation of what they see. Ekphrastic poetry can be a response, an inquiry, an interpretation, an explanation, an exploration and/or reflections on a piece of art—typically a painting, photograph, sculpture or live installation. In this generative poetry workshop, participants will learn how to view a work of art through a high-powered lens, attain valuable strategies to help articulate what’s being observed, and the creative inspiration to create original ekphrastic poetry based on their observations.