Fall 2022 Events
Poet In Residence
Opening Reading - Monday October 3 - 7:30pm - Philips Autograph Library
This event is free and open to the public.
Annie Finch is the author of six books of poetry, including Spells: New and Selected Poems, Calendars (finalist for the National Poetry Series), and the epic poem Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams (Sarasvati Award from ASWM, 2012). She is also the translator of the complete poems of French poet Louise Labe for the University of Chicago Press. Finch’s other works include books and anthologies on poetic craft, a poetry textbook, verse drama, theater collaboration, opera libretto, and the first major anthology of literature on abortion. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New York Times, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry and onstage at Carnegie Hall. She has shared her Poetry Witch Ritual Theater performances on three continents and appeared at the Emerging Women Conference, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Jaipur Literary Festival, and Deepak Chopra Homespace. Finch holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D from Stanford, taught on the core creative writing faculty of Miami University of Ohio, and served for a decade as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing. She has lectured at universities including Berkeley, Toronto, Harvard, and Oxford, and in 2010 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and craft of versification. Annie Finch is the Founder and Director of PoetryWitchCommunity.com, where she teaches poetry, meter, and her own system of self-transformation, The Magic of Rhythmically Writing.
The Dramatic I/Eye: Reflections on Voice and Form in Contemporary Poetry
A Virtual Conference
November 11-12, 2022
Keynote Speaker: Alexis Sears
Alexis Sears is a graduate of the MFA program in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Cortland Review, Hopkins Review, Cimarron Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She was a 2019 Sewanee Writers’ Conference MFA scholar, and she was a finalist for the Vassar Miller and New Criterion poetry prizes. Currently, she lives in northern California, where she teaches sixth grade English. Sears' debut collection, Out of Order, was the winner of the 2021 Donald Justice Prize, published by Autumn House Press in 2022. In Out of Order, a biracial 20- something speaker seeks joy and healing in the wake of a traumatic event. The poems are both formal and free verse, and they discuss race, grief and mental illness, friendship, womanhood and its looming dangers, the search for companionship, and pop culture, primarily 80s and 90s rock stars. Despite its oftentimes heavy themes, the book is a tale of hope, strength, and ultimately, resilience.
Workshops (One included in registration)
POEM PLUS PROMPT: Origin Stories: Mythologies of the Self with Dilruba Ahmed
Join us for a discussion of how poets bring form and content together to forge innovative approaches to autobiographical material. Together, we’ll unpack “origin stories” that weave narrative, lyric, & fragmented utterances to express complex and layered identities. We’ll conclude by drafting an “origin story” of our own.
Warping the Mirror: Poetic Form and Point of View with Josh Davis
Fiction writers suffer over point of view. Poets? Not as often. Poets transfixed by form? Perhaps even less often. And in a climate in which the lyric "I" prevails, point of view demands more than pronoun roulette. In this workshop, we will read and write our way through tightly patterned forms in order to ask how a skewed slant not only varies texture and amplifies surprise but alters a poem down to its marrow.
To Tease Out the Tension with Julia Mallory
“To Tease Out the Tension is a generative space: part craft talk, part workshop to examine how the sonku’s slim profile (form) makes its power plain (voice). It will feature Sonia Sanchez’s sonkus and examples created by other poets. In addition, the intuitive magic of the sonku’s formulation and its musicality (the haiku is to blues as the sonku is to jazz and rap) will be explored. Participants will respond to writing prompts and offered the opportunity to participate in an experimental sonku sonic sphere.
Approaches to Teaching Poetic Form with Steven Schneider
In this workshop Dr. Schneider will discuss his experiences and strategies for teaching this course online through Writers’ Workshops, as well as through online discussions and critiques. The debates over poetic form have been shaped often in visceral ways: “raw” versus “cooked,” “academic” versus “beat,” “formal” versus “antiformal.” This workshop will be valuable to both teachers of poetry and prose because the knowledge of poetic form will help you to help your students develop voice and cadence in their own writing. Moreover, a section of the workshop will be devoted to teaching the prose poem, a hybrid form. Note: The pedagogical strategies presented in this workshop can be adapted for both Hybrid and Face to Face classes.
Panel Presentations and Readings
Featuring Brian Brodeur, Shane McCrae, Alexis Sears, and Caki Wilkinson
Featuring Pulkita Anand