ViRTUAL LiTFUSE 2021 Schedule


Online Bonus Classes & Keynote Presentation

* * * All ViRTUAL events are included with the full registration of $250 for those attending LiFTUSE 2021 in person in Tieton! * * *


Rhyme and Reason: The Art of Assembling a Poetry Manuscript

Brittney Corrigan, Jennifer Perrine, and Amelia Díaz Ettinger


August 2021 | 5-6 pm PST

In this workshop, three editors from Airlie Press will share advice about how to turn your piles of poems into a cohesive manuscript.

We’ll discuss how to know when you have a full-length collection, ordering and grouping poems and thematic sections, and putting it all together to send to publishers. We’ll also provide guidance on how to decide where to submit your manuscript and share insight about what editors look for when reading for publication.

Brittney Corrigan
Jennifer Perrine
Amelia Diaz-Ettinger


Riding the Sestina and Villanelle Dragons

with Lyn Coffin


August 2021 | 7-9 pm PST

Lyn Coffin

“Because the long sestina form is for telling stories and the short, repetitive villanelle is best at telling feelings, (these forms) cover the two poles of poetry...” ~ Sharon Cumberland.

Many writers today are afraid of formal poetry. They regard forms as dragons to avoid or slay. But writing in form (a sestina or a villanelle, for instance) can help you discover poems you were meant to write, poems lying (perhaps) below your conscious intentions. In this class, I will read samples from "The Artwork on the Backs of Gargoyles," and suggest ways to approach and eventually "ride" the sestina and villanelle. If participants wish, they may submit one of their own poems (no longer than 39 lines) for group consideration (with a permission slip granting me the right to distribute and discuss the poem within the group). The poem need not be formal. Selected poems will be workshopped during the second hour.


Notes from The Love Movement

with Matthew Dickman and Camille Dungy


Sept. 2021 | 4-5:30 pm PST

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.

Matthew Dickman
Camille Dungy


Exploration, Improvisation

with Camille Dungy


Sept. 2021 | 6-7 pm PST

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 PoetryThe 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart AnthologyBest American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.