Poetry for Prose Writers (July 10th, 2021)
In this accessible, friendly workshop designed for writers of prose, we’ll go through the fundamentals of building a poem. You’ll learn to leap from your literary comfort zone into experiments with fragmentation, lineation, imagery, and more, and you’ll leave this workshop with a bouquet of poetic techniques you can start using right away.
Public Talk: Ecology and the Poetic Turn (July 11th, 2021) with Unitarian Universalist Church West
Poetry contains a concept called the “volta,” the place where the mood shifts, the story turns the corner, and the larger significance of the poem begins to emerge. I think voltas also happen in nature: a turn of events takes place when a storm blows in, when seasons change when an organism enters a new phase of its life cycle, and during birth and death. Ecopoetry links social, ecological, and spiritual concerns to document and bear witness to the voltas found in these interior and exterior landscapes.
Queer Poetry Workshop, Queer Zest Zine Fest (Saturday, August 7th, 2:30-3:30 pm)
In this virtual, interactive workshop, we will read and write poetic forms, including the zuihitsu, ode, and haibun, that lend themselves to queer storytelling. You’ll leave this workshop having written some brand-new poems you can include in your next zine.
Getting the Word Out: Publishing Your Work in Lit Mags, Zines, Poetry Videos, and More (October 7th-9th, 2021)
I’ll be presenting on the many ways to share your work with readers through this workshop at Lit Youngstown’s Fall Literary Festival.