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Start the New Year right with an all-level generative poetry workshop using guided writing prompts. Bring a notebook, pen, and your willingness to experiment with a mix of fixed forms, instructions, riffs, imitations, and bizarre premises. Expect to leave with six new poems. We will mine the goods from poems by Kay Ryan, Ellen Bass, Natalie Diaz, James Tate, and others. There will be limited critical feedback; this class is about making poems, not fixing them.
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.