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$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): March 2
Member Registration: March 3
General Registration: March 10


Early Bird Pricing March 2 through March 16:

  • $10 off one-session classes
  • $20 off classes that are two to six sessions
  • $35 off classes that are eight sessions or more

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Online | National Poetry Month Writing Intensive

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). TIME CHANGE: This class will now run from 5 – 7 p.m. This has been updated from the print catalog.  All Levels | Poets, April is your month! Whether you’re a…

Course Type: 5 Sessions  |   Instructor: Janée Baugher

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Start Date: 04/01/2020 – 5:00 pm

Janée Baugher

Janée J. Baugher has taught creative writing for twenty years, and is a poetry submission reader for Boulevard. She’s the author of Coördinates of Yes, The Body’s Physics, and the forthcoming, The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction (McFarland, 2020).

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Online Class | Critique, Polish, Send!

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). Advanced | The workshop ends. You’ve written new poems, yet you wish for more critique on each. This class offers in-depth, close readings of your poems with the goal of seeing…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Emily Warn

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Start Date: 04/02/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Emily Warn

Emily Warn is a writer and teacher who served as founding editor of poetryfoundation.org. Her latest book, Shadow Architect, explores the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Her four other collections are The Leaf Path, The Novice Insomniac, The Book of Esther, and Highway Suite.

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Online Class | The Alchemy of Memory

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this class, we will explore what Honor Moore calls “the mercurial nature of memory.” First we will read essays, excerpts from recent memoirs, and lyric narratives that…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 04/04/2020 – 10:00 am

Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review's Book of the Year Awards. Her nine earlier volumes of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP/Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award; and A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press), finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and the Idaho Prize. A Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford, among others, Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende; and spent four years on Fulbright and other fellowships in India and Bangladesh, translating Bengali women poets. She has five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, and an Advisory Board member for Raven Chronicles, Wright has received grants and fellowships from the NEA, 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and she will spend two months in Bahia, Brazil, on a writing residency at the Instituto Sacatar.

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Online Class | The Ten-Minute Write: Writing for Our Busy Lives

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Work, family, the news, that new Netflix series . . . who has time to write? We all do. Because everyone has ten minutes. Together, we’ll work within…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Anna Vodicka

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Start Date: 04/05/2020 – 1:10 pm
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Anna Vodicka

Anna Vodicka's essays have appeared in AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, Longreads, McSweeneys' Internet Tendency, Paste, and Best Women's Travel Writing 2017. She has had residency fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook.

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Online Class | Finding Inspiration in Other Forms

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | From Robert Frost to Natasha Trethewey, writers have used non-textbased art forms to inspire them for generations. This generative workshop will explore ekphrastic poetry — responding to visual…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 04/11/2020 – 1:10 pm

Amber Flame

Amber Flame is a writer, composer, and performer whose work has garnered residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and YEFE NOF. Flame’s original work has been published in diverse arenas, including Def Jam Poetry, Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Black Heart Magazine, Sundress Publications, FreezeRay, Redivider Journal, and more. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer, and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame’s first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was recently published through Write Bloody Press. Amber Flame is a queer Black single mama just one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.

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Online Class | Embodied Ecopoetics

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Why do we care about the natural world? What moves us to react to environmental crises, such as climate change and species extinction? How can scientific and spiritual…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jessica Gigot

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Start Date: 04/18/2020 – 1:10 pm

Jessica Gigot

Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, teacher and musician. She has a small farm in Bow, WA called Harmony Fields that makes artisan sheep cheese and grows organic herbs. Jessica has lived in the Skagit Valley for over fifteen years and is deeply connected to the artistic and agricultural communities that coexist in this region. Her first book of poems, Flood Patterns, was published by Antrim House Books in 2015 and her writing appears in several publications, including Orion, Taproot, Gastronomica, The Hopper, Pilgrimage, About Place Journal, and Poetry Northwest.

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Online Class | 13 Ways to Make a Poem from Your Life

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). A poem begins with the writer and ends with the reader, but it must travel beyond the life of the poet to give the reader a meaningful experience. Using exemplary poems,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ellen Bass

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Start Date: 04/19/2020 – 12:00 pm

Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass‘s poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her nonfiction books include The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988, 2008) and Free Your Mind: The Book for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins, 1996). Her work has frequently been published in the New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and the New York Times Magazine, as well as many other journals. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lambda Literary Award, Elliston Book Award, Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com

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Online Class | Language as Sound, Narrative as Score

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | This generative cross-genre workshop will consider the use of sound in narration. Participants will listen to the spoken word of Warsan Shire, perform close readings of Theresa Hak…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sarah Townsend

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Start Date: 04/25/2020 – 1:10 pm

Sarah Townsend

Sarah Townsend is the author of Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). Her essays have appeared in The Writer in the World and Pitkin Review, and a coauthored paper with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl serves as a chapter in Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women’s Lives. Sarah received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, and in the Chicago Review of Books. You can learn more about her at SarahTownsendWriter.com.

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Online Class | Poetry I

Whether a beginning poet or lover of the art, this class will introduce you to the beauty and complexity of writing and reading poetry, as well as the basics of the workshop model. We’ll look to image, metaphor, sound, lineation,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

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Start Date: 04/27/2020

Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Review, the Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Peñaloza has been teaching since 2005.

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Online Class | Mystery and Necessity

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). In Diving Into the Wreck Adrienne Rich writes: “I came to explore the wreck./The words are purposes./The words are maps./I came to see the damage that was done/and the treasures that…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Victoria Redel

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Start Date: 04/29/2020 – 10:00 am

Victoria Redel

Victoria Redel is the author of five books
of fiction and three books of poetry, most
recently the novel Before Everything (Penguin,
2017). Redel has received fellowships
from the Guggenheim Foundation and the
NEA, and is on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence
College.

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Online Class | Poetry I

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). Designed for any poet ready to take their poetry understanding to a new level, Poetry I will introduce or reintroduce you to poems from many different eras — we’ll read Walt…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 04/29/2020 – 10:00 am

Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker was a 2015 Jack Straw Writer and has published poems in Cimarron Review, Narrative, Pleiades, and Web Conjunctions. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and teaches for Writers in the Schools.

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Cultivating Your Own True Voice

All Levels | In this generative poetry class, we will focus on locating and refining what poet Charles Simic refers to as “your native nuttiness, a realm which is all your own.” To begin, we will read and discuss poets…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Martha Silano

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Start Date: 05/02/2020 – 10:00 am

Martha Silano

Martha Silano is the author of five poetry books, including Gravity Assist, Reckless Lovely, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, all from Saturnalia Books. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, American Poetry Review, and Paris Review, among others, and in four dozen print anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation and ​Best American Poetry 2009. She also co-authored, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice. Martha received Yaddo's 2017 Martha Walsh Pulver Residency. She teaches at Bellevue College.

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You are not the Boss of Me! Body Politics and Writing From the Body

VIDEO: This class will take place online via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this class we will write about our bodies, to our bodies, from our bodies, in defense of our bodies, for our bodies, and in honor of…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee

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Start Date: 05/06/2020 – 7:10 pm

Anastacia Renee

Anastacia-Renee is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the 2017-2019 Seattle Civic Poet and the 2015-2017 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a two-time Pushcart nominee and 2017 Artist of Year (Seattle). She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Black Ocean) 26 (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School, and Hypatia in the Woods. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in a TEDx talk; the anthologies Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks; and Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, and many more. She teaches poetry and multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools.

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Online Class | First Loves

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Do you remember when you fell in love with poetry? Here’s a chance to reconnect with the elements that first sparked something in you. First Loves: Poets Introduce…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sharon Bryan

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Start Date: 05/07/2020 – 7:10 pm

Sharon Bryan

Sharon Bryan received her BA in Philosophy and an MA in Anthropology before she began to write poetry, and then received her MFA from the University of Iowa.

She has published four books of poems: Sharp Stars, Flying Blind, Objects of Affection, and Salt Air, which won The Governor’s Award from the State of Washington. She received the Isabella Gardner Award for Sharp Stars. Her other awards include two NEA Fellowships in Poetry, an Academy of American Poet’s Prize, the Discovery Award from The Nation, an Artist Trust Grant from the Washington State Arts Council, a Senior Fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a grant from the Utah Arts Council for the film collaboration Eureka, and a Fellowship in Poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission, among others. She was Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire.

She is also the editor of two collections: Where We Stand: Women Poets on Literary Tradition, and, with William Olsen, Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life.

She taught at the University of Washington for seven years and at Memphis State University for six. Since then she has taught as a visiting poet in almost twenty writing programs around the country, including Dartmouth, the University of Houston, Western Michigan, Kalamazoo College, Ohio University, Wichita State, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, San Diego State, and Fresno State. She has also been on the faculty of low-residency MFA Programs at Pacific Lutheran Universitiy, Warren Wilson, Pacific University, and Fairfield University.

She is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Online Class | Key to the Treasure Box: Writing Your Song

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All it takes to write lyrics for a song is a few magic syllables for your chorus, which serves as key to open the treasure box of resonant details that build…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kim Stafford

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Start Date: 05/09/2020 – 10:00 am

Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen Press). In 2018 he was named Oregon's Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown. He teaches writing at Lewis & Clark College, at Fishtrap, and at the Sitka Center.

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