Public and Private: The Week I Wrote (And Revised!) A Ton of Poems

Gabrielle Calvocoressi's picture
Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Week 6: July 15 to July 20
ORIENTATION: July 15, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 16-20, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

In this workshop we will write a ton of poems, do various vision and revision experiments, and workshop each day. This is a class for poets of all levels who are seeking to deepen their writing practice through experimentation with multiple syntactic, formal, and visual variations. We will talk a lot about the public and the private poem. Particularly what these (perhaps unnecessary/ridiculous) divisions mean in times of political, personal, and social upheaval. If I've done my job right you'll go home with enough poems to work with for several months. We'll also workshop each day as a means of figuring out useful strategies for revision.


Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia EarhartApocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize) and Rocket Fantastic. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award, a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review, and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals including the New York TimesPOETRYBoston Review, and Kenyon Review. She is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and co-curates the digital maker's space Voluble. She is working on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn't Kill Myself, and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. She lives in North Carolina and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.