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Whether we break our lines deliberately or haphazardly, the right margin has enormous effects on the way our poems move, mean, and sing. By investigating a wide variety of examples and conducting experiments on our own poems, we’ll seek to understand the effect of our line-break choices and to expand our range of possibilities. Bring several poems-in-progress and a laptop, if you can.
Former Washington state poet laureate Elizabeth Austen is the author of two chapbooks and a full-length collection, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia, 2011), now in its fourth printing. She’s been a poetry correspondent for NPR affiliate KUOW since 2000, and leads poetry and reflective writing workshops for healthcare providers as a tool for self-care. In 2018 Elizabeth celebrated World Poetry Day at UNESCO in Paris, reading alongside a dozen poets from around the world. She earned an MFA from Antioch University-Los Angeles, and is an alumna of the Jack Straw Writers program and Hedgebrook. Elizabeth is working on a new manuscript, currently titled States of Emergency.