CLASSROOMS

Classrooms

“Live” Poet Camp events meet on Zoom. Asynchronous Poet Camp classes are hosted on Wet.Ink, an online learning platform designed for writing workshops.

May Jumpstarts

Monday – Friday, 2 weeks
5/6 – 5/10 and 5/13 – 5/17
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time
$50

2 weeks of live Zoom jumpstarts with prompts, quick-writes and a pdf full of extras to recharge your daily writing routine.

*Join us for all or just a few of these sessions! Everyone who registers will receive the pdf with prompts and extras at the end of our two weeks together.

Uncool Poets Writing Weird Poems

with Joan Kwon Glass

April 20, Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern Time
$100

Have you ever felt like the literary world is run by the cool kids? This four-hour long, generative workshop will be just for poets who identify as offbeat, uncool or just dance to the beat of their own drum. You are one of us if you say you are!

Readings will include poets such as Mary Rueffle, Chen Chen, Allison Blevins, Anne Sexton, Morgan Parker, Angel Nafis, Nancy Huang and many others. We will access our voices in new ways through guided visualizations and unexpected, supplemental resources, and will write in a variety of forms. There will also be time to share our work.

Joan Kwon Glass

Joan Kwon Glass is the Korean American author of NIGHT SWIM, winner of the Diode Book Prize (Diode Editions, 2022) & the chapbooks HOW TO MAKE PANCAKES FOR A DEAD BOY (Harbor Editions, 2022) & IF RUST CAN GROW ON THE MOON (Milk & Cake Press, 2022). She serves as poet laureate for Milford, CT, Editor-in-Chief for Harbor Review & as a writing instructor for several writing centers. Joan’s poems have been featured or are forthcoming in Poetry Daily, The Slowdown, Poetry Northwest, Cherry Tree Lit, Ninth Letter, Asian American Writer’s Workshop (The Margins), Tahoma Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Texas Review & elsewhere. She lives in coastal Connecticut with her family.

Homegrown Da Da

Seeds to Surrealistic Poems with Millicent Borges Accardi

May 19, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Eastern Time
$100

Surrealism as an art form is far more than an ancient Dadaist movement. Surrealism is also a fun technique for perceiving and representing the world in ways that transcend normative perspectives. Using poetic techniques (word games, intellectual assaults) from the Surrealism Book of Games, this workshop will allow participants to be delighted and astonished by what they can do in only one workshop!

Stealing tools from the original surrealists, in fun group activities, we will generate magical sparks of creativity– Plus, every participant will go home with wonderful seeds for new poems! It’s unexpected. The moment of joy captured in a short time. The unpolished gem. Surrealism is more than a parlor game. Each participant will leave with a seedling for new poems and a new-found sense of poetic “playfulness.”

Millicent Borges Accardi

Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American writer, is the author of four poetry books, including Only More So (Salmon Poetry). Among her awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Fulbright, CantoMundo, California Arts Council, and Barbara Deming Foundation, She’s taught at California State University, Long Beach, and led poetry workshops at Keystone College, Nimrod Conference, Rhode Island College, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, The Muse and University of Texas, Austin.

The Extravagant Image

Poems of Deep Delight
$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group

In this class, you’ll be encouraged to lean into the sensory pleasures of the world around us, to use our bodies to bring the sensory world into our work more fully. We’ll write poems of sleeping late, binging bad tv, reading popcorn novels, and sneaking the last brownie at midnight.

We’ll mine each activity for ways to deepen imagery in your poems, and examine the meta ways the activities themselves might serve your writing life. Each week, we’ll read 3-4 model poems, interspersed with short prose from Bored Panda, LitHub, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. From these readings, you’ll write new poems from a prompt linked to that week’s theme. Every week will also include optional viewing/listening assignments in order to give you multiple ways of approaching the prompt. You’ll draft 7-8 poems inspired by your obsessions, turned “poetry research” to allow indulgence to enrich your writing, even after the class is over.

Natural Wonder: Poet as Scientist Part 1

$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group

In this class, we’ll focus on the necessity of wonder and close observation to the poet and the scientist alike. We’ll read and write poems of the universe and the atom, tides and tectonic plates, and we’ll consider the many ways we can explore and expand our metaphors through a different scientific field each week, all the while marveling at the intricacy and interconnectedness of life on our planet.

We’ll read one or two model poems a week by Ross Gay, Jennifer Chang, Carla Duan, Rita Dove, Marie Howe and many others. We’ll also consider very short essays by Brian Doyle, Robert Macfarlane, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Matthew Devin Frank, and other brief works from Orion, Ecotone, Flyway and Fourth River, along with a few supplemental readings/listening/watching links. By the end of class you’ll have several fresh drafts, and a map into new ways to wonder through poetry.

*Can be taken independently of Part 2 (Materials are different in each course.)

Natural Wonder: Poet as Scientist Part 2

$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group

In this class, we’ll continue to consider the necessity of wonder and close observation to the poet and the scientist alike through an entirely different set of fields and materials than in Part 1. We’ll read and write poems of winged creatures and water dwellers, underwater volcanoes and melting glaciers.

We’ll consider the many ways to explore and expand our metaphors through a different scientific field each week, all the while marveling at the intricacy and interconnectedness of life on our planet.

*Can be taken independently of Part 1 (Materials are different in each course.)

Writing Summer Poems Inspired by Mary Oliver

$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group

In this class, we’ll reconnect with the solace and joy that nature can provide, using Mary Oliver’s work for thematic inspiration, instruction, and as a starting point to launch our own poems. Each week, we’ll consider a brief reading by Mary Oliver (a single poem, essay, or prose poem) placed in conversation with equally brief works from kindred spirit poets and writers in other genres.

From these readings, we’ll write new poems from a prompt linked to that week’s topic. Every week will also include optional viewing/listening assignments, all inspired by Mary Oliver’s dictum of “Pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it.”