Where to Begin: The Art and Craft of the Poem Title
A great title can draw the reader into a poem, guide the way, and open it up—sometimes all at once. But poems can also be undercut by vague or lackluster titling, and many writers aren't sure how or where to begin. In this three-hour workshop, we’ll explore the relationships between poems and their titles, discuss several intriguing examples, then play with techniques for titling our own work. Bring 5–10 poem drafts to work with during class.
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Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (Frost Place Chapbook Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have appeared in journals including Plume, Zyzzyva, and Kenyon Review and anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She holds a BA in contemporary American literature from Yale University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, where she was a Javits Fellow. Lisa lives in Portland, OR, where she reads, writes, edits, parents, and cohosts the literary reading series Lilla Lit. (lisagluskinstonestreet.com)