Join us in the Catskill mountains this summer!
The contributions of the female poets of the Beat Generation—Hettie Jones, Joanne Kyger, Lenore Kandel, and Janine Pommy Vega, among others—were a significant literary force field in the counterculture's revolution. We'll delve deeply into Brenda Knight’s award-winning Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution, and write poems inspired by these extraordinary women writers.
Jack Kerouac's 1958 novel Dharma Bums is a chronicle of some of the greatest Beat and Americana authors of all time. Poets like Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, among others, are all fictitiously portrayed in the Dharma Bums. This two-day workshop will adopt one of the novel's central points of inspiration—mountains. We will challenge ourselves, in the pursuit of inspiration, with a moderate hike on the Catskill's Ashokan High Point Trail near the Poetry Barn. By focusing on nature, and the simple, short, yet profound image, we will take notes for crafting poems during a morning hike and lunch on the mountain, followed by a late afternoon descent.
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In this four-week workshop, we will discover the threshold between narrative and lyric, fiction and poetry, flash and prose poems, inhabiting the borderlands between these realms of story to craft poetry that startles, reveals, and punches the gut.
As a subject, writing about parenting and/or our children brings up questions of vulnerability, exposure, confession, and permission, while formally, the poetics of motherhood encompasses craft elements like voice and narrative as well as forms such as odes, elegies, or epistolary poems. This workshop will explore the various ways that the experience of mothering (in any of its forms) intersects with the poem on the page and the artistic act of creating.
Though it emerged almost 800 years ago, this quiet poetic form has seized the hearts, pens, and imaginations of poets and readers ever since. What's so wonderful about it? In this workshop, we will read, write, and talk about sonnets in order to explore the form’s popularity and potential.