Poetry Writing Project Specifics

Poetry Writing Project Specifics

The time has come to gather and assemble your work. Individual poems that stand alone can, with purposeful ordering, also reinforce and illuminate each other. In this year-long Poetry Project, you’ll find what anchors and grounds your collection, you’ll cultivate your gut feeling for a satisfying and strategic arc, and you will discover and articulate your work’s primary concerns. You’ll also discover how your collection stands in conversation with other good work being done in contemporary poetry today. 

Cohort Meetings

In addition to class meetings, over the course of the year long program, each participant will have one-to-one meetings with Gretchen to consult on individual poetry collections. Scheduled class meetings will take place: 

Winter/Spring Term:    

Tuesday Evenings, 6–9 p.m.; January 28–April 14, 2020

Summer Meetings:   

Saturdays: June 20, July 18, August 15, 2020, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fall/Winter Term:    

Tuesday Evenings, 6–9 p.m.; September 15–December 8, 2020 (no class November 24)

Final reading:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 7 p.m., in the Performance Hall at Open Book

Poetry Writing Project books:

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

The Black Maria by Aracelis Girmay

Like a Beggar by Ellen Bass

Book of Hours by Rainer Maria Rilke

Diván del Tamarit by Federico Garcia Lorca

Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

Quiver of Arrows by Carl Phillips

I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman by Jude Nutter

Narrow Road to the Interior by Kimiko Hahn 

Haiku by Richard Wright


Books by Guest Authors:

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

In the Shadow Country by Elena Cisneros

A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe by D. Allen 

Underground by Jim Moore

Catrachos by Roy Guzmán