Reading as a Generative Practice

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What if the simple act of reading a poem could open doors into your own new work? What if another poet’s words could beckon your own words to the page? Join poet Molly Spencer for this workshop that explores the importance of reading for your writing practice, and the ways close reading of a poem can be a generative act. We’ll read poems by contemporary poets, discuss specific methods for finding entry points to our own poems through the work of others, and use one (or more) of the strategies to write something new. Please bring a poem or two that you feel your poems are in kinship with, or that make you feel inspired to write.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here.

About Molly Spencer

Molly Spencer's recent poems have appeared in Blackbird, FIELD, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her debut poetry collection, If the House, won the 2019 Brittingham Prize. A second collection, Hinge, won the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition. She teaches at the University of Michigan.


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