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Jumpstarting and Revising the Poem–TPS Workshop
Presented by VA Poet Laureate Luisa Igloria
June 19, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
In our writing practice, there are times when it feels as though the challenges or obstacles we encounter are insurmountable. Sometimes, we need to apply patience and care; other times, perhaps a bit more ruthlessness might be necessary for clearing away the underbrush so the poem can emerge.
This poetry workshop (for poets ideally with some workshop experience) will invite participants to focus on finding (re)generative contexts for poems, as well as to try some strategies for radical revision. Poets should bring 1 poem to share with others in class that they’re willing to tinker with some more.
Luisa A. Igloria is one of 2 Co-Winners of the 2019 Crab Orchard Poetry Prize for Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, fall 2020). In 2015, she was the inaugural winner of the Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey selected her chapbook What is Left of Wings, I Ask as the 2018 recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Prize. Other works include The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), and 12 other books. Her poems are widely published or appearing in national and international anthologies, and print and online literary journals including Orion, Shenandoah, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Diode, Missouri Review, Rattle, Poetry East, Your Impossible Voice, Poetry, Shanghai Literary Review, Cha, Hotel Amerika, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. With 40 years of experience teaching literature and creative writing, Luisa also leads workshops at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk (and serves on the Muse Board). She is a Louis I. Jaffe Professor and University Professor of English and Creative Writing— teaching in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015. For over ten years to date, she has been writing (at least) a poem a day. www.luisaigloria.com