2022 LiTFUSE UNiTE Classes

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FRiDAY MASTER CLASSES

Kim Addonizio | Tools for Revision

Kim Addonizio | Tools for Revision

Bring a poem you’ve drafted of no more than a page. I’ll talk a bit about what I look for/hope for in a well-made poem, and we’ll dive into some focused discussion of your piece. You should leave with a sense of what’s working, as well as opportunities and ideas for revision in order to […]

Brook Matson: Connotations in Multiple Dimensions

Brook Matson: Connotations in Multiple Dimensions

Using a little neuroscience and the work of contemporary poets, we’ll explore how the cumulative power of word connotations in a poem creates multiple dimensions of meaning, adding depth and richness for the reader. Prepare to get hands-on with scissors and teamwork as we dissect a poem’s many layers! Then we’ll reverse the process, asking […]

Session 1 | Saturday 9-10:30am

Svalina | Poetic Dream Logics

Svalina | Poetic Dream Logics

This class will explore creative potentials for dream logic in the writing of poetry. We will look at examples of poems that employ various forms of dream logic and discuss how actual dreams develop. We will also discuss warp narrative, imagery and ideas, and write toward dream-logic prompts, the goal being to generate first drafts of dream-like poems, using […]

Matson | Techniques for Arranging Your Manuscript

Matson | Techniques for Arranging Your Manuscript

Arranging many poems into a cohesive manuscript can leave us pulling our hair out, but it can also be the most fun part of the process if we listen to what are poems are saying. Using playful techniques and storyboarding, we’ll explore creative ways to arrange poems and learn what your manuscript is trying to […]

Lashley | Finding Your Own Organic Breath on the Page

Lashley | Finding Your Own Organic Breath on the Page

Breath is the poetic term that belongs most to the reader and writer to define. Yet because of faulty teaching and the public pressure to put a hierarchy on forms, it remains tough for even the best poets to grapple with. Using the examples of Lucille Clifton, Margaret Walker, Yehuda Amichai, and Kay Ryan we […]

Hunt | Writing to Form: Braided Poems and Persona Poems

Hunt | Writing to Form: Braided Poems and Persona Poems

The generative workshop offers a chance to strengthen your writing practice and begin new poems. We’ll focus on writing braided poems—combining several strands of imagery and thought—and persona poems, with the intention of listening deeply for what the poem under the poem is trying to say. We’ll read and discuss a selection of poems, you’ll […]

Session 2 | Saturday 11am-12:30pm

Vaux | Tone Police: Breaking Out of Voice Habits in Your Poetry

Vaux | Tone Police: Breaking Out of Voice Habits in Your Poetry

Poetry is the rare art form that can function as a visual performance as well as an auditory experience. Tone, or your attitude toward the speaker/audience/subject matter, is what turns a good poem into a memorable one. In this close-study workshop we will look at poems from writers like Natalie Shapiro, Jos Charles, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, […]

Trease | How to Keep the Ball Rolling: Using Perception Like a Rube Goldberg Machine

Trease | How to Keep the Ball Rolling: Using Perception Like a Rube Goldberg Machine

In this workshop we’ll explore how thoughts move within a poem, and how we can take advantage of that to maximize meaning. Using Rube Goldberg contraptions as a metaphor, we’ll engage in some exercises, both alone and in groups, that allow us to build from one thought to another without everything having to fit into […]

Lilley | Race, Class, and Place

Lilley | Race, Class, and Place

I am a southern-born African American writer, and therefore race, class, and place were dominant themes in the day-to-day life in the region where I was raised. When I was a much younger poet one of my mentors pointed out that I was calling attention to some hot button societal issues in my poems and […]

Session 3 | Saturday 1:30-3pm

Hughes | Writing Your History

Hughes | Writing Your History

There are moments throughout our lives that shape us into who we are today. These moments become guides into how we see the world, ourselves, and pathways forward. How do we accurately illustrate these moments? Which moments belong in the poem? Do we stick to the moments we were at our lowest or the ones […]

Berger | Kisstank & Night Jar: Naming & Belonging

Berger | Kisstank & Night Jar: Naming & Belonging

In this workshop, we’ll investigate and identify your poet’s homeground, past and present–the physical landscapes and animals, plants and weathers that reside there–and name them, bringing their unique and colloquial meanings to the surface. When a bird becomes a nightjar, and a depression of water in the desert becomes a kisstank, worlds of imagery, metaphor, […]

Bates | Workshop for Feedback on One Poem

Bates | Workshop for Feedback on One Poem

In this workshop, we will push ourselves to articulate descriptive—rather than evaluative—feedback, focusing on the relationship between content and form, specific craft elements, and potential connections to literary lineages and traditions. Our goal will be to empower revisions that honor authorial individuality and ambition, while also providing poets with insight into how their work might […]

Addonizio | Writing What You Don’t Know

Addonizio | Writing What You Don’t Know

“Write what you know” is familiar advice, and it’s fine, up to a point; we all write from our own constellation of experiences, emotions, ideas. But what about what we don’t know? This is where imagination, questioning, and curiosity come into play. Often, the most interesting places we can go are those we haven’t yet discovered. This […]

Session 4 | Saturday 3:30-5pm

Lilley | Voice: The Word Written and Spoken

Lilley | Voice: The Word Written and Spoken

Doesn’t a poet always have something to say? Yes, they do. Isn’t that the prerequisite for writing? Yes, they do, and yes it is. Should all poems be read aloud? Yes, indeed. I contend that “voice” of a poem it not just a poet’s aesthetic, or style, but rather it can be considered character speech. […]

Hunt | The Art and Craft of Poetry: A Consideration of the Sonnet

Hunt | The Art and Craft of Poetry: A Consideration of the Sonnet

The generative workshop offers a chance to strengthen your writing practice and begin new poems. We’ll focus on writing sonnets, a fundamental influence on lyrical/narrative poetry, even when we don’t call our poems sonnets, or we approach the form in innovative ways. (Think Terrance Hayes, Diane Seuss, Wanda Coleman, and, well, Bill Shakespeare.) We’ll read […]

Bambrick | Poetry & Friendship

Bambrick | Poetry & Friendship

This generative craft class will focus on poems that celebrate friendship, joy, and connection. Through prompts and selected readings, we will pose questions about relation and form, investigating, also, the intimacy of readership.

Session 5 | Sunday 9-10:30am

Trease | Unsolving Mysteries: How to Have Fun with Strangeness and the Unexplainable

Trease | Unsolving Mysteries: How to Have Fun with Strangeness and the Unexplainable

In this workshop we’ll explore some simple group and individual exercises adapted from children’s games that can open up poem writing to thoughts, feelings, and images that truly surprise us (and by proxy our readers). If you’ve grown bored with your writing, found yourself plagued with writer’s block, or often feel like you have little […]

Svalina | Finding Forms

Svalina | Finding Forms

This workshop introduces literary forms that come from outside poetic traditions and guides writers to invent new forms for themselves. We will discuss a few examples of non-traditional forms, discuss what makes for a poetically fruitful form, and devise new forms from observation of the world and from the wilds of the imagination.

Bates | The Poetic Image

Bates | The Poetic Image

How can we deepen our engagement with imagery in poems? What is a poetic image? In this class we will look at a curated packet of poems together and discuss what poetic imagery can do. Likely subtopics of discussion include engaging the senses, approaches to description, surrealism, and ugliness v beauty. After close-reading and conversing, we will […]

Addonizio | A Kelson of the Creation: Love Poems

Addonizio | A Kelson of the Creation: Love Poems

“A kelson of the creation is love,” wrote Walt Whitman in Song of Myself.  What is this thing called love, anyway? It’s a many-splendored thing. It makes the world go ‘round. It’s what we long for, look for, celebrate, deny, give freely or can’t quite get to. It’s what the world needs now. Poets of all […]

Session 6 | Sunday 11am-12:30pm

Vaux | The Business of Poetry: Developing Goals for Your Life as an Artist

Vaux | The Business of Poetry: Developing Goals for Your Life as an Artist

Every writer has unique goals for their work, but understanding how to get from Point A to Point B can be a challenge. Writers don’t lead identical lives so their plans for writing must reflect the reality of how they can achieve their goals in accordance with their skills, values, and interests. In this workshop […]

Priest | Poems at the Ends of Our Pens

Priest | Poems at the Ends of Our Pens

Where do your poems come from?” This question comes up a lot in Q & A sessions and interviews, and it’s a great question. Where indeed? We’ll discuss where our poems come from, and if you have a favorite poem you’ve written, I invite you to bring it along and share it, along with a […]

Cavazos | Two Truths and a Lie: The Mathematics of Language

Cavazos | Two Truths and a Lie: The Mathematics of Language

In this generative workshop participants will develop skills in identifying images verses abstractions. How in literature truths are images, or “shows” and abstractions or “tells” are lies. Lies are minuses, and truths are pluses, and if the writing is always above zero then there is an opportunity for craft to build a strong piece of […]

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