Workshop 05: Intro to Experimental Poetry Practices
Saturday July 30th, 1-3pm
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An Introduction to Experimental Poetry Practice
Turning to the poem is not a craft. It is not a technique. It is also a living.
Who are you when you are turning to the poem?
What are you writing when you are not writing?
Who are you when you are turning away from the poem
but are still / with me / with the poem?
What happens when we are together? Is it writing?
Or is it living?
This is a workshop about the poem and the proliferation of its unimaginable texture, the proliferation of its unfathomable length. This is a workshop about the poem / its bold life. What we face when we write: A bold life.
Here, we will discuss how to begin to consider the expansive movement of the poem outside of the left aligned box, outside of regimented form and image. Here, a poem creates its laws / its order / its music / its blood as it gathers, carefully and sensitively, all that surrounds it. A poem can trust you more than the canon. A poem can trust grief, love, the notes your body takes, and your difficult thinking more than the canon. Here, a poem is created on the page but is also created off it, through activity and an intense attention to the possible.
I don’t know what poems you will write when you are with me. I don’t know what poems you will write when you are not with me. But I know we will hold red ice cubes. I know we will translate color, which can be difficult, but you will have a partner. I know you might go outside. I know we will (briefly) read or discuss Bhanu Kapil, Maggie Nelson, and Brandon Shimoda. I know we will create a space. I know we will create a space for questions and for considering what a writing practice is, or rather, what it can be.
What to bring:
-a object (stone, a word on a paper, a dried plant, anything) that holds some meaning for you
-something to take notes on
-water and a snack
Carrie Lorig is the author of The Pulp vs. The Throne (Artifice), a book of poems and essays. Chapbooks include The Book of Repulsive Women, which was chosen by Lily Hoang for the Essay Press Chapbook Contest, Reading as a Wildflower Activist (H_NGM_N), and NODS. (Magic Helicopter Press). Her essays have been published at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, FANZINE, and Entropy. Poems have been published in jubilat, TAGVVERK, The Atlas Review, and elsewhere. She is the curator for the Literature is Alive @ Emory reading and performance series at Emory University.
Workshop 04: Evocative Playwriting
Do you have a story to share? What if your life were a play? This workshop focuses on process, risk-taking, and finding one’s own voice and vision. Participants will practice creating dialogue and action by way of their own personal narratives and guided exercises. Playwriting will become a means to explore identity and the fundamental issues of human existence. Open to writers of all identities and walks of life.
+++++ Clinnesha D. Sibley, a native of McComb, Mississippi, is a playwright-scholar who advances the social consciousness of all people through her writing, teaching, directing and arts endeavoring. Her award-winning plays include Thorns, a finalist play in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Ten Minute Play Festival; Uprooted, a finalist play for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference National Playwriting Prize; and Gray (now titled, Naked), a finalist play in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest. Clinnesha’s plays have also appeared in numerous literary journals and publications including Black Masks Magazine which featured her play, Memory: A Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee in their Spring 2014 issue. Her anthology, King Me: Three Plays Inspired by the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2013. In addition, Clinnesha has penned essays that empower playwrights, actors and directors through afrocentric processes.
Clinnesha D. Sibley
Workshop 03: Honing Political Voice in Poetry with Amanda Johnston
Lostintheletters Workshop 03 Honing Political Voice in Poetry with Amanda Johnston Sunday June 28th, 1-4pm at BurnAway, 261 Peters Street SW, Atlanta, 30313 This workshop is free for participants although RSVP is required and space is limited.
What makes a poem political? What's at stake when writing about (or avoiding) subjects that might be considered political? This workshop will address those questions and more by examining poems that witness with a whisper and push back with a fist. Participants will create new work that adds to the poetic political landscape. Emerging and experienced writers welcome.
+++++ Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, The Drunken Boat, Small Batch, New Literati, Pluck and the anthologies, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. In 2014, she published two chapbooks: Guap and Lock & Key. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She has served on the board of directors for the National Women's Alliance, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, is the founder and executive director of Torch Literary Arts, and one of the lead organizers of Black Poets Speak Out, a campaign that unites poets and allies to speak out against police violence. Currently, she serves as the retreat coordinator for Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and is a Badgerdog teaching artist.
Visit her website: www.amandajohnston.com, image of author by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Workshop 02: Paths to Publishing
Lostintheletters Workshop 02 Paths to Publishing with S. Whitney Holmes Saturday April 25th, 1-4pm at Mint Gallery, 636 North Highland Ave.NE, Atlanta, 30306 This workshop is free for participants although RSVP is required and space is limited.
Paths to Publishing, focuses on elements of professional development for creative writers to research, approach, navigate avenues for one's work to be published. Through lecture, group workshopping, writing exercises and a "You Be the Editor" section, S. Whitney Holmes will provide in-depth and practical information for writers of all levels to work towards publication of various levels.
+++++ S. Whitney Holmes is the author of Room Where I Get What I Want (Black Ocean, 2015) and of the chapbook Method of Loci (dancing girl press, 2013). She acts as executive director for the feminist press Switchback Books and is also an editor for The Offending Adam. She was born and raised in West Virginia, earned her M.F.A. from the University of Alabama, and currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Barrelhouse, and others.
S. Whitney Holmes
Workshop 01: Turning Life Experiences into Short Fiction
Lostintheletters Workshop 1 with Dr. John Holman on February 28th, 2015 + A workshop focusing on turning life experience into short fiction, with attention to inspiration and process, as well as to specific narrative techniques for rendering what we know into imaginative literature. The workshop will involve onsite writing.