SPRING 2022 Events


Featured Reader
Anna Maria Hong
March 8th and 9th, 2022

anna maria hongAnna Maria Hong is the author of three recent books: Age of Glass (Cleveland State), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the  Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Fablesque (Tupelo Press), winner of the Berkshire Prize. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian American (William Morrow/Avon Books), an anthology of fiction and memoir, and the author of a nonfiction book for teenagers titled Family Abuse: A National Epidemic (Enslow).

Her essays, poetry, and fiction are published and forthcoming in numerous publications including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, The Common, Southwest Review, The Austin Chronicle, The Stranger, The International Examiner, Ecotone, Colorado Review, Plume, The Hopkins Review, Smartish Pace, Jacket2, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Fire on Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry, 250 Poems, Sonnets from the American: An Anthology of Poems and Essays, and The Best American Poetry. Her awards include a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, Fundación Valparaiso, and Kunstnarhuset Messen. She is an Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College and has taught at universities and colleges throughout the United States.

2022 Poetry and Creative Arts Festival
Breakthrough: Invigorating Creative Practices
April 6, 7, 8 - In Person
April 9 & 10 - Virtual Experience
Featuring Keynote Speaker/Workshop Leader/Performer
Cornelius Eady

EadyThe West Chester University Poetry Center is excited to announce the 2022 Poetry and Creative Arts Festival. The theme is Breakthrough: Invigorating Creative Practices. Cornelius Eady will be our Keynote Speaker. We will feature a performance by The Cornelius Eady Trio.
Pandemic weary, we are all seeking a breakthrough. Perhaps it is a change in routine, perhaps it is a new way of conceptualizing creativity or expression, or perhaps it is a shift in thinking about ourselves and our place in our communities, and our world. WCU’s Poetry and Creative Arts Festival opens up possibilities for considering how poetry supports us in our moments of breakthrough: How does poetry inspire us to pursue change? How can poetry bring us closer to deeper understanding? C.R.A.F.T: WCU’s Poetry and Creative Arts Festival, gives us the opportunity to shift our creative practices in new directions, whether that is personal experimentation with form and meter, or building communal connections with visual and performing arts, artists, and musicians as we contemplate the transformative possibility of breakthrough.
Working with a shared respect and understanding of craft, The Poetry and Creative Arts Festival gives poets and critics, musicians, as well as visual and performing artists opportunities to forge connections across disciplines, to delve into innovative approaches to artmaking, to engage new media and technology, to reconsider the power of revision, and to sharpen their critical lenses.

Poet/Playwright/Songwriter and Cave Canem Co-Founder Cornelius Eady was born in Rochester, NY in 1954, and is Professor of English, and the John C. Hodges Chair of Excellence in Poetry at the University of Tenn. Knoxville, a position last held by US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. He is the author of several poetry collections, including Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize; The Gathering of My Name, nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; Brutal Imagination, and Hardheaded Weather. He wrote the libretto to Diedra Murray’s opera Running Man, which was short listed for the Pulitzer Prize in Theatre, and his verse play Brutal Imagination won the Oppenheimer Prize for the best first play from an American Playwright in 2001. His awards include Fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

CE TrioCornelius Eady Trio

Lisa Liu is a guitarist based in Brooklyn, NY. She plays gypsy jazz, experimental, folk, and solo guitar. Liu is an Artist Ambassador for Santa Cruz Guitar Company and is also endorsed by Krivo Pickups. She is a Teaching Artist at Django In June, and has also been an Artist In Residence at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

NYC based guitarist/composer Charlie Rauh has been invited to be resident composer by such organizations as The Rauschenberg Foundation, The Klaustrid Foundation, and The Chen Dance Center.   His work as a soloist has been supported by grants from Meet The Composer, The Untitled Artist Group, and The Fractured Atlas Group. Rauh’s approach to solo guitar composition takes inspiration from folk lullabies, plainchant, and the imagery of various poets ranging from the Brontës to Anna Akhmatova. Acoustic Guitar Magazine notes that “Charlie Rauh plays guitar with a quiet intensity, each note and chord ringing with purpose...With these lullabies Rauh gives a gentle reminder that playing soft and slow can be more impactful than loud and fast." Rauh is currently signed to the Austin based label Destiny Records as a soloist and recording artist.


2 and 3 Day Workshops

Jane SatterfieldJane Satterfield and Ned Balbo present The Echoing Green: Poems of the Living World

In the words of Adam Zagajewski, is it still possible to “praise the mutilated world”? In this workshop, we’ll consider the ways that poetry may respond to our changing environment. First, we’ll look at some models: at this historical tipping point, how may lyric verse continue to celebrate nature’s beauty? Does an awareness of environmental fragility influence contemporary nature poetry? With attention to formal aspects of both metrical and non-metrical work, we’ll examine contemporary nature poems by diverse authors, as well as eco-poems on topics such as our relationship to animals, human migration/dislocation, habitat loss, and more. We’ll look at how what’s now called “eco-poetry” reinvents our understanding of the poet’s relationship to nature in the era of climate change. Workshop will center on discussion of your own nature poems to be submitted prior to our first in-class discussion. 

Jane Satterfield is the recipient of awards in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland Arts Council, Ned Balbo Bellingham Review, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Mslexia, and more. Her books of poetry are Her Familiars, Assignation at Vanishing Point (Elixir Press Poetry Award), Shepherdess with an Automatic, and Apocalypse Mix, winner of the 2016 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Her book Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond features selections that received the Florida Review Editors’ Prize and the Faulkner Society/Pirate’s Alley Essay Award. Recent nonfiction appears in Ascent, Entropy, Hotel Amerika, and DIAGRAM. She is also co-editor (with Laurie Kruk) of the multi-genre anthology Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland (Demeter Press). New poems may be found in Ecotone, Hopkins Review, Missouri Review, Orion, and elsewhere. For more, visit https://janesatterfield.org.

Ned Balbo ’s newest books are The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots (New Criterion Poetry Prize) and 3 Nights of the Perseids (Richard Wilbur Award), both published in 2019. His previous books are Upcycling Paumanok, Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year gold medal), Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize) and The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Poets’ Prize and the Donald Justice Prize). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship and three Maryland State Arts Council poetry awards. In July 2021 he was a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. New poems appear in American Journal of Poetry, Christian Century, The Common, Ecotone, Gingko Prize 2019 Ecopoetry Anthology, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. For more, visit https://nedbalbo.com

jul grayJuliana Gray and George Green present Reel Verse: Ekphrastic Poems with the Spotlight on Movies

Many poets like to talk about movies and some like to write about them, too. We will discuss the principal problem that all ekphrastic poems share: will the poem engage the reader who hasn't seen the film or work of art? Can the poem delight a reader who may not like its subject? Can it stand alone as an autonomous work? We'll read and discuss examples by Danez Smith, Tiffany Midge, Richard Wilbur, Frank O’Hara, Natasha Trethewey, and others, analyzing the strategies these writers use to engage their subjects and use the movies as springboards to questions of gender, race, politics, and love. Poets with an interest in movies and the visual arts are encouraged to attend.

Juliana Gray is a poet and English professor, originally from Alabama and attended the University of Alabama, earned her M.A. from The University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections; the most recent is, Honeymoon Palsy (Measure Press). Her second book,  Roleplay (Dream Horse Press, 2012), won the 2010 Orphic Prize.  Roleplay also won the 2013 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize for the best annual poetry collection published by an upstate New York author.  Her first book of poetry is The Man Under My Skin, River City Publishing, 2005. She is a Professor of English at Alfred University in Western New York.george green

George (Wayne) Green’s book of poems, Lord Byron’s Foot, won the New Criterion Prize in 2012 and the Poets’ Prize in 2014. His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Poetry 180; 180 More Poems; The Best American Poetry 2005, and 2006; The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets; and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds. Green grew up in western Pennsylvania but has lived for over three decades in Manhattan’s East Village. He teaches at Lehman College, CUNY, in the Bronx. In 2014 he received an award for literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

jacob camachoJacob Camacho presents Kindred Crafting

This Spoken Word workshop will focus on the fundamentals of performance poetry; recognizing senses of urgencies within one another’s stories and sharpening the basic pillars of spoken word. From commanding the audience to personal cadences, we will workshop one another’s work with praise and constructive criticism. 

Jacob L. Camacho is a CHamoru writer originally from the island of Guåhan (Guam). Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Stockton University. He enjoys studying different forms of storytelling with his students, colleagues, and friends. Themes he likes to discuss within writing deal with racism, colonialism, and socio-economic class. He will soon submit his short story collection manuscript, “TalkBoy”, for consideration of publication in January 2022, which follows a CHamoru man around the world recording a variety of diverse stories through his Talkboy recorder, which was gifted to him by his grandmother. He appreciates his elders sharing their storytelling tools and techniques and is excited to share it with the world.


 Jodie Hollander presents Crafting Musical Poetry, an Introduction to Meter and Form

Duke Ellington famously said, “It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing).” In this workshop, we'll look at how to craft a musical poem by studying some of the basics of metrical poetry and investigating how sound works within the poetic line. Participants will learn how to create an ear-pleasing poetry, with a special focus on creating lines in iambic pentameter and trimeter.  More broadly, we’ll consider how sound works as a gateway to the senses and how musicality creates its own kind of meaning within a poem. We’ll read examples of poems from musical masters, such as Robert Frost, Theodore Roethke, Marilyn Nelson and others. Exercises will be designed to help attendees draw inspiration from their own experiences as well as from the outside world, and then effectively transform these observations into powerful, singing poetry. 

Jodie Hollander’s work has appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Yale Review, PN Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry London, The Hudson Review, The Dark Horse, The New Criterion, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Best Australian Poems of 2011, and The Best Australian Poems of 2015. Her debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Natalie GerberNatalie Gerber presents Rhyme and Hamilton
If you've ever fallen under the spell of Hamilton!: The Musical, then here's your shot to really explore the genius of the lyrics. With an eye to rhyme practice, we'll learn just enough about the history of rhyme and its changing practice in poetry, rap, and musical theater to explore how Hamilton! creates character through the differentiated rhyme repertoires of its historical figures. Participants can choose a character to explore and help us work through how that person's rhyme practice characterizes their politics, intelligence, and agendas. From the shifting power dynamics between Hamilton and Burr to the friendly rivalry between Eliza and Angelica to the rap battle between Jefferson and Hamilton to the multilingual rhymes of Lafayette, the spare rhyming practice of Washington, to the heartbreaking, almost rhymeless scene in which Philip dies, you'll help us pinpoint and really understand what Stephen Sondheim meant when he said, "Rhyme does something to the listener’s perception that is very important, and Lin-Manuel recognizes that, which gives the ‘‘Hamilton’’ score a great deal more heft than it might otherwise have." 

Natalie Gerber is professor of English and director of the Honors Program at the State University of New York at Fredonia. In addition to publishing essays on rhythm, intonation, and rhyme in relation to the history and structure of the English language, most recently in Critical Rhythm (ed. Benjamin Glaser and Jonathan Culler, Fordham UP, 2019) and On Rhyme (ed. David Caplan, U of Lieges P, 2017), she has worked with a range of scholars to collaboratively curate or convene multidisciplinary conversations on these topics, including Intonation (Thinking Verse), with David Nowell Smith; Prosody: Alternative Histories, with Eric Weiskott (Stanford’s Arcades Project), and, with Peter Elbow, a five-day symposium at UMass Amherst, “Rhythm and Intonation on the Page.” Most recently, she served as guest editor for the 2018 and 2019 Robert Frost Review and as an associate editor of the Wallace Stevens Journal. At SUNY Fredonia, she directs the Honors Program and collaboratively organizes Writers@Work: An Alumni Writers-in-Residence series, which promotes professional writing in all fields and disciplines. She teaches courses in professional writing, editing, grammar and style, as well as poetry, and lives in Western New York.

Virtual Workshops

Ruba Ahmed

Dilruba Ahmed presents Poem Plus Prompt: The Exalted & The Everyday in the Ghazal & the Ode

In this double session of Poem Plus Prompt, we’ll unpack two very different kinds of formal poems: the ghazal and the ode.  Join us for a discussion of the ways in which form and content come together to celebrate both the elevated and the mundane in a curated packet of poetry. This workshop will include writing prompts for participants to experiment with both the ghazal and the ode. 




Cindy King presents Building the Container You Need: Hybrid Forms 

In this workshop, we will build our experimentation muscles through writing exercises and reading experimental published pieces. Some authors we'll dip into are Raymond Queneau, Bhanu Kapil, Claudia Rankine, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include Futureless Languages (Radiator Press 2018) and it's companion Continuity (Octopus Books 2021) and the experimental memoir The Betweens (Noemi Press 2021). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, TriQuarterly, and the tiny. She has taught educators and writers in New Jersey schools through the Dodge Poetry Foundation and through the professional development seminars offered by Poetry Out Loud.


























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