Feast of Forms: 3-Day Intensive on Poetic Forms
Looking for a feast of form-related prompts to help you shape your poems? Re-energize your writing with a 3-day intensive on forms such as epistolary poems, elegy, villanelle, pastoral/ecopoetry, and odes. Using guiding questions to unpack each example, we'll discuss specific requirements and thematic traditions of each form, identifying significant craft elements along the way (syntax, diction, repetition, sensory description, and more). Quiet writing time will enable us to experiment with each form.
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Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). Her debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press), won the Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner), Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books), Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), and elsewhere. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.
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