The Poem Comes Alive

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In this workshop, participants learn how to write bright, specific, ambitious poems that electrify the page. Each workshop leads off with a guided close reading of contemporary poets. Bring in drafts of 1-2 pages for three of the six sessions, each of which will receive written feedback from the instructor. Missing sessions is fine; advance notice is appreciated. Bring fifteen copies of a draft to the first class.

About Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections—Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox (winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize), and Theories of Falling—as well as a memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. In 2018, she edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA fellowship and four D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities fellowships. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency M.F.A. program.

Teaching Style: The tone of Sandra's workshops is rigorous, with lots of craft talk, but conversational and nurturing. She praises clarity, humor, and risk on the page.


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