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15th Annual LiTFUSE Poetry Workshop

September 24-26, 2021



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! Teague | Repeating Repeating

NEW! Teague | Repeating Repeating

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.

NEW! Perrine | Abundance and Order: Assembling a Poetry Manuscript

NEW! Perrine | Abundance and Order: Assembling a Poetry Manuscript

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.

NEW! Coffin | Making Your Page Poem into a Performance Piece

NEW! Coffin | Making Your Page Poem into a Performance Piece

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! Brown | The Uses of The Body

NEW! Brown | The Uses of The Body

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.


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.

Exploration, Improvisation

with 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 . . . READ FULL BiO >>


Claudia Castro Luna

Claudia Castro Luna is an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate fellow (2019), WA State Poet Laureate (2018 – 2021) and Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2018),


Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman is the award-winning author of Wonderland, Mayakovsky’s Revolver, and All-American Poem. His forthcoming poetry collection, Husbandry, will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in spring 2022. Winner of


Diana Khoi Nguyen

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018) and recipient of a 2021 fellowship from the National Endowment for


Maya Marshall

MAYA MARSHALL, a writer and editor, is cofounder of underbelly (underbellymag.com), the journal on the practical magic of poetic revision. As an educator, Marshall has


Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Toward Antarctica, Once Removed, Approaching Ice, and Interpretive Work as well as Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro. Her work has been published in The New


Molly McCully Brown

Molly McCully Brown is the author of the essay collection Places I’ve Taken My Body (Persea Books, 2020), which was named one of Kirkus’ best nonfiction titles of 2020, and


Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is most recently the author of the poetry collection Or What We’ll Call Desire (Persea, 2019), described in The New York Times as “passionate, quirky, and righteously outraged.” Her prior books are The Wise


Tobias Wray

 Tobias Wray’s debut collection, No Doubt I Will Return a Different Man, won the Lighthouse Poetry Prize (Cleveland State University Press, 2021). His work has found homes


Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer Chinese American hybrid writer, community organizer and teacher. They are author of The Heart’s Traffic and recombinant (winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award


Brittney Corrigan

Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collections Breaking, Navigation, 40 Weeks, and most recently, Daughters, a series of persona poems in the voices


Jessica Mehta

Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, born and raised in Oregon and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a multi-award-winning interdisciplinary author, artist, and storyteller. She is


Amelia Díaz Ettinger

Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a ‘Mexi-Rican,’ born in México but raised in Puerto Rico. A BIPOC poet and writer, she has two full-length poetry books


Jennifer Perrine

Jennifer Perrine is the author of four award-winning books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Their recent short stories


Lyn Coffin

More than 30 of Lyn Coffin’s books (poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, translation, a children’s book) have been published by Doubleday, Ithaca House, Poezia Press and


Rena Priest

Rena Priest is a poet and member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She has been appointed to serve as the Washington State Poet Laureate for