The 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference is Wednesday, June 7 through Saturday, June 10, 2017.
R. S. "Sam" Gwynn is the Program Director for the Poetry Conference. Sam brings a wealth of experience as a conference attendee, faculty member, and highly respected poet.
West Chester Poetry Conference Poet Emeritus: X. J. Kennedy
West Chester Poetry Conference Poet Laureate: Molly Peacock
Keynote Speaker: A. E. Stallings
Workshops and Critical Seminars (click on this header for descriptions)
All three-day workshops and critical seminars are 1 - 3 p.m.
Enrollment in each workshop and seminar is limited. Register early for best selection.
To learn more about each poet, click on their name.
The Contemporary Sonnet - Rebecca Foust
The Ekphrastic Muse - Molly Peacock
Light Verse and Parody - Melissa Balmain and Frank Osen
Master Class, reserved for poets who have published a full length collection - A. E. Stallings
The Poetic Narrative - Peter Makuck
Finding Your Form - William Logan and Debora Greger
Rhyming and Competing - John Whitworth
Globalizing Poetic Forms: Writing Pantoums, Villanelles, and Ghazals - Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Blank Verse and the Iambic Line - Mark Jarman
The Dramatic Voice - Leon Stokesbury
Verses and Voices: Poetic Translation Seminar - Dick Davis
The Achievement of Stevie Smith Seminar - Gregory Dowling and Moira Egan
One Day Workshops
One-day workshops are 10 - 11:30 a.m. Each one day workshop is an additional $100
Wednesday: Performing the Poem - David Mason
Thursday: The Non-Metrical Line - Robert Archambeau
Friday: Occupation and Preoccupation: Poetry and Work - Sarah Cortez
Saturday: (In)Formal Inventions - Hailey Leithauser
Tony Barnstone, Juliana Gray, George Green, Julie Kane
Attendees may schedule a 30 minute consultation with a resident poet.
Consultations are $30.
Annie Finch and Emily Grosholz - The Greate Debate II: Women's Poetry or a Woman's Poetry
Anna Yin - Coordinator of Open Readings at the Poetry House
Ned Balbo and Jane Satterfield - Hosts of after-hours at the Poetry House
Saturday evening concert: The Scarlet Letter (Concert Version) by Lori Laitman and David Mason
Registration includes a three-day workshop or critical seminar, all panels and readings, lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and the Saturday evening concert.
Registration is $795 until April 15, $895 thereafter.
Registration with housing is $995 until April 15, $1,095 thereafter, and includes 4 nights - Wednesday through Saturday - in University housing.
Tuesday night may be added for an additional $50.
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
R.S. "Sam" Gwynn, Program Director
Registration at Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.