Haunted Poems

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In this generative workshop, we’ll write poems of our haunted-ness and hauntings, of people we’ve ghosted and the ones that haunt us, places we can’t return to and the ones we can’t leave, items we’ll never get back and things that seem to multiply or re-appear no matter how many times we try to get rid of them. We’ll use prompts with model texts by poets Kristina Marie Darling, Dana Levin, Lisa Sewell, Helen Ivory, James Wright, Shane McCrae, and Joy Harjo, paired with optional short listening/watching assignments to open up a different way to summon/speak to our ghosts. Each week, you’ll have an opportunity to post for light feedback and encouragement. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have 5-6 newly drafted poems. You’ll also be invited to read one of these hauntings to our class at our final Zoom read-around as close to Halloween as we can make it (time/date chosen by class poll).

NO SET MEETING TIME: This workshop will take place over Moodle, which is an asynchronous forum based platform. The instructor will post a lesson and assignment every Monday, and participants have all week to log in and read the lessons/post assignments/comment on other classmates’ work. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Sarah Ann Winn

Sarah Ann Winn’s Alma Almanac (Barrow Street, 2017), won the Barrow Street Book Prize. She’s the author of five chapbooks, most recently, Ever After the End Matter (Porkbelly, 2019). Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Massachusetts Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others.

Teaching Style: Sarah's workshops are creativity labs which use readings to represent a variety of voices from our wonderfully diverse community of writers. She also frequently provides resources from other creative fields and items not normally considered "writerly" to inspire new work and new ways of thinking about the creative process. Feedback in Sarah's workshops focuses on the positive and the particular of what's working, especially in courses generating fresh drafts.


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