Friday 4th October 10 – 12. (The Holiday Inn)
Jennifer Militello – Writing Obsession
When Claude Monet said, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment,” he captured the complexity inherent in the obsessive nature of artistic creation. When we write poems, we often write from strong feeling. We write because things move us or disturb us or leave us overjoyed. We all have subjects that stir those feelings more than others, and that can be thought of as our obsessions. In this workshop, we will look at poems that harness the obsessive energy of their writers, and will write to uncover and explore our own obsessions.
Jennifer Militello is the author of four collections of poetry, including, most recently, A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016) and Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), as well as Knock Wood, the winner of the 2018 Dzanc Nonfiction Award. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, POETRY, Poetry London, and Tin House, and have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and The Manifesto Project. She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.