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2021 ViRTUAL LiTFUSE
15th Annual LiTFUSE Poetry Workshop
September 24-26, 2021
WE'RE GOiNG ViRTUAL
Yes, folks, it’s come to this. But as LiTFUSians, we will always find a way to gather in poetry & community.
If you haven’t already registered, the cost is now $150, which includes everything.
NEW CLASSES JUST ADDED!
NEW CLASS! Repetition—from sounds to full rhymes, to refrain lines in forms such as the pantoum or villanelle, to syntactical repetition—is central to the music and meaning of poetry. In this workshop, we’ll look at fantastic uses of repetition in poems by Maria Hummel, Tracy K. Smith, Natalie Diaz, and others, and consider the range of effects repetition can have, as well as Gertrude Stein’s idea that there is actually no such thing as repetition, only insistence. And we’ll try out a range of repetitive techniques in short poem exercises.
How do you go from 20 or 50 or 100 pages of individual poems to a chapbook or book manuscript that you’re ready to send to publishers? This class will offer a range of methods for assembling a poetry collection, including questions and exercises that will help you identify themes in your writing, experiment with sequence and structure, and recognize opportunities for revision or further development. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask your questions about publication, and you’ll leave the class with a list of additional steps you can take before hitting “send” on your manuscript.
Decades ago, Lyn Coffin was on the SLAM team Ann Arbor sent to the National competition in Austin, Texas. She was inspired by the many great performance poems she heard and has a deep love of performance poetry, as well as “academic” or formal poetry. Almost the entire class will be devoted to workshopping the sound and the rhythm of participants’ work, after a brief talk about performance poetry characteristics and a few writing prompts. Participants are invited to submit a “performance” poem, or a page poem they feel could make a good performance piece. Students will read their pieces and Lyn will suggest ways to improve both the reading of the text and the text itself. Participants should come out of this class with better performance pieces.
NEW CLASS! In many ways, every story is about the body. No one lives apart from theirs, and so no writer, speaker or character exists fully removed from the simultaneously fragile and indispensable fact of a corporeal existence. Stories are lived in bodies and made in them; language itself is created in breathing and muscle, in gesture, contraction, release. But In this generative workshop we’ll take a look at the way several writers have explicitly conjured the physical reality(ies) of the body on the page, in both poetry and prose, in health and illness, in youth and aging. Then, we’ll use these models as a jumping off point to write and share our own stories in, and of, the body.
FEATURiNG CAMiLLE DUNGY
Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dungy has also edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Dungy’s poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart Anthology, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.
Craft Talk: “Notes from the Love Movement” with Matthew Dickman | Sunday, Sept. 19 @ 4 – 5:30pm PT
Keynote: “Exploration, Improvisation” | Sunday, Sept. 19 @ 6 – 7:00pm PT
Master Class: “What Looking Might Mean” | Friday, Sept. 24 @ 2:30 – 5:30pm PT
Sunday, September 19, 2021 ViRTUAL Events
Included with LiTFUSE Full Event Registration
or for $50 without Registration
From the beginning to now, a craft talk covering how Camille Dungy and Matthew Dickman have thought about love, light, and the line in their work.
with Camille Dungy
KEYNOTE: 6-7pm PT
Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award . . . READ FULL BiO >>