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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.
Elizabeth Austen traveled the state as Washington’s poet laureate for 2014-16, and is the author of Every Dress a Decision, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and is now in its fourth printing. New poems are forthcoming in New England Review and Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is an alumna of Hedgebrook and the Jack Straw Writers program.