Workshops

Workshops

Nuar Alsadir -  Embodied Poetics: The role of the body in poetic communication

Friday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn

Nuar Alsadir is a poet, essayist and psychoanalyst. She is the author of the poetry collections Fourth Person Singular (Pavilion Poetry, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Forward Prize for Best Collection; and More Shadow Than Bird (Salt Publishing, 2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Granta, BOMB, The New York Times Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Poetry London and The Poetry Review. She is a fellow at The New York Institute for the Humanities and works as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York.

Jennifer Militello - Writing Obsession

Friday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn

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.


Nuar Alsadir -  Making the Unconscious Conscious: Experimenting with Self-Generated Forms

Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn

Nuar Alsadir is a poet, essayist and psychoanalyst. She is the author of the poetry collections Fourth Person Singular (Pavilion Poetry, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Forward Prize for Best Collection; and More Shadow Than Bird (Salt Publishing, 2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Granta, BOMB, The New York Times Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Poetry London and The Poetry Review. She is a fellow at The New York Institute for the Humanities and works as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York.

Fiona Benson - S/he do the police in different voices

Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn

This workshop will explore what happens when we let different voices into our poems. What do they say, how do they say it, and what imaginative worlds do they open up? How do these voices stir up the dynamics of a poem? Looking at examples ranging from John Berryman's Dream Songs to Daljit Nagra's Ramayana and Anne Carson's Red Doc>, we will work on conjuring different voices and inviting them to run amok in the varied rooms of our own poems.



Fiona Benson lives in rural Devon with her husband James Meredith and their daughters, Isla and Rose. Her pamphlet was ‘Faber New Poets 1’ in the Faber New Poets series, and her full-length collection Bright Travellers (Jonathan Cape, 2014), received the Seamus Heaney Prize for first collection and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second book is Vertigo & Ghost (Cape, 2019)


Zoë Brigley - Letters to the World

Sunday 10 a.m - 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn

Writer Lynette Roberts once told her friend, poet Alun Lewis, that on reading his letters, she was almost in love with him. Letters can seduce, entrance, bring sorrow or joy, but they are always intriguing. This workshop asks: what do poems and letters have in common? The group will consider what we might learn from the intimacy and directness of writing a letter, and we will investigate what happens if we address not only people but the things around us that create a fragile, beautiful, and intricate world.

Zoë Brigley grew up in Wales, and is now an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in the US. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003 and received a Welsh Academy bursary in 2005. Her first book of poems, The Secret (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008. Her second collection, Conquest (Bloodaxe Books, 2012), was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, as is her third collection, Hand & Skull (Bloodaxe Books, 2019). A book of her non-fiction essays, Notes from a Swing State, is due from Parthian Books in 2019. She also researches violence against women, and is co-editor of a volume of scholarly essays, Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (Routledge, 2010).


Hilda Sheehan - The Spirit of Play

Sunday 10 a.m - 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn