The 2018 Gathering of Poets | Save the Date

It has been a deep honor and pleasure to work on The Gathering of Poets the past two years with Richard Krawiec and Jacar Press. The Gathering of Poets will be held March 24, 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC at The Historic Brookstown Inn.

Following is the lineup of terrific workshops that weekend. If you would like to attend, visit Jacar Press’ Gathering pageon Facebook, or e-mail Richard  for upcoming announcements and how to reserve your space.

Lynn Emanuel –
Obsessional Poetics: No One Writes Just One Poem

“All obsessions are extreme metaphors waiting to be born.”
– J. G. Ballard

In this workshop, we will examine the ways a few modern and contemporary poets turn and return to a place, person, image, form, or event as a way of exploring and unearthing a subject. What can these forms of return teach us about our own poems? How can we mine our own repetitions or obsessions for new work? How might we delve more deeply into our own habits of writing and feeling? If you can, please bring a couple of poems to workshop that you might use as a resource for exploring your own poetic obsessions.

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Patricia Spears Jones –
Basic and Bold: The Uses of Contemporary Poetry

This Workshop is designed to engage participants with contemporary poets and the different strategies to generate new work. While the focus is on African American poets, a range of poets will be under review. The Workshop will be in two parts:
1. Participants will look at poems in the packet and discuss the work of those poets with whom they unfamiliar.
2. We will use vocabulary from two or three of the poems to generate new work.
We will use two or three poems as catalysts for new works. Poems by Gregory Pardlo, Ada Limón, Marilyn Chin, Maureen Owen, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Adam Fitzgerald and Charif Shanahan will be part of the packet. Participants must be prepared to read and write, write and write. At the end of this workshop, it is my hope that participants will have created poems that they feel good about and have learned about.

Zeina Hashem Beck –
The Ghazal and the Poetic Leap

In this workshop, we will focus on the ghazal as a poetic form: beyond talk about the shape of the poem, the radif (refrain), the qafia (rhyme), and the poet’s signature, we will look at how the ghazal’s couplets can both exist as independent units and relate to one another and the poem’s whole. We will discuss how this quality allows the poet to create juxtaposition and make poetic leaps within a ghazal. Participants will also write.

 

Maggie Anderson –
The Poet in the World: Writing Political Poetry

In this workshop we will examine the ways in which our poems can be made from the intersection of local and global political events and our own lives as poets. Why is the term “political poetry” often seen as a pejorative? Can the necessary evidence, documentation and witness in political subject matter be expressed through poems that are also highly attuned to metaphor and music? What makes a “good” political poem? If you can, please bring with you one poem by yourself or another poet that you consider both “political” and “poetic” that you might use as a source or model for writing from your own political feelings, fears, and understandings in these times.

Gary Fincke –
Everything Matters: Deepening Experience in Narrative

We will explore ways of opening narrative poems, not only to move beyond simply “close observation of what happened,” but also to broaden the personal by associative connections to what’s learned in any number of ways—history, science, the arts, culture, politics, and the oddities of trivia. Bring along a few of your own narrative poems to re-examine for the possibility of entering again from another angle.

 

 

Sandra Beasley –
What We Talk About When We Talk About Voice

Voice is the most elusive element of strong writing. How do we craft language that feels compelling and unique? We will unpack constituent elements of voice—the recurring decisions made in terms of point of view, tense, image, sound, structure, and diction—and read examples of effective voice from noted contemporary authors of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This seminar includes an extensive handout of texts and a generative prompt.

 

 

Keith Flynn Poetry Workshop Coming to Greensboro

This is a phenomenal opportunity to spend a few hours writing with Keith Flynn and other area writers. Join us for an afternoon of ideas and rhythms to jumpstart the creative process.

Sunday, June 2, 2013, 2:00-5:00pm, Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library
Cost $25  | Register at Eventbrite here.

keith_flynnThe photographer, Cartier-Bresson, believed that his lens had to be aimed at the decisive moment, when the photograph was willing to surrender, or when the confluence of events was at its apex. Most professional writers can’t wait for inspiration to strike, or for the abiding image or core theme of the work to emerge.

We’ll use writing exercises designed to spark the imagination and talk about making your work more musical, muscular, and dynamic. Bring a poem to discuss with the group if you like — and you have a chance for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review.

How great is that?

Sponsored by Women Writers of the Triad and open to the public.

Cost: $25

Keith is founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review and a tremendous speaker and teacher. His last workshop in Cary got lots of positive response and we are thrilled to have him join us in the Triad!

And don’t forget — you have the opportunity to meet Keith the night before at Tate Street Coffeehouse.  Join us as Keith reads from his latest collection, Colony Collapse Disorder.  Open mic to follow!

FREE Data Management and Security & Version Control Workshop for Writers

Free and open to the public!  Also available to attend virtually online.

Picture this: You return to your desk at home ready for a productive writing session only to discover that your drink has been knocked over onto your computer by a  culprit whose shadow is disappearing around a corner — and now a month’s worth of very hard work is gone forever—unless you have good data management and security habits.  Data management and security is as much a necessity for writers as it is for businesses and large organizations. The challenges may look a bit different, but the solutions are similar.

Join us March 10 for a FREE workshop.

We are honored to have Faun DeHenry share with us her extensive knowledge on version control, data management and security. 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.

Can’t get there but still want to attend?  You can watch this one on-line.

Contact Melissa to register OR sign up on Facebook.

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