Calling ALL Writers to Poetry Workshops
Second Saturdays of the month 9:00 – 12:00
Poets & Writers
Ritzenthaler Family Foundation.
The Council deeply appreciates Nancy Heggem’s sponsorship of the Second Saturday Poetry Workshop space at the Palatine Library.
All poetry workshops take place at the Palatine Public Library,
700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067.
October 14, 2017 — Annah Browning
Annah Browning hails from the foothills of South Carolina, but currently calls Chicago home. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from the Program for Writers at The University of Illinois-Chicago, and she is the author of a chapbook, The Marriage (Horse Less Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Midwestern Gothic, Indiana Review, Verse Daily, Boulevard, Willow Springs, and other journals. She is poetry editor of Grimoire, an online literary magazine of dark arts.
The Gothic Poem
While the gothic—literature and art that prizes the supernatural, the strange, and the macabre— is best known as a fictional genre, gothic poems and poets do exist and have their own rich tradition! We’ll examine a number of poems influenced by the gothic tradition before trying our hands at a guided exercise to create our own haunted spaces within a poem.
November 11, 2017 — Susannah Lang
Susanna Lang’s most recent collection of poems, Travel Notes from the River Styx, was released in June 2017 by Terrapin Books. Other collections include Tracing the Lines (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013) and Even Now (The Backwaters Press, 2008) as well as a chapbook, Two by Two (Finishing Line Press, 2011). A two-time Hambidge fellow and a recipient of the Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Bethesda Writer’s Center, she has published original poems and translations from the French in such journals as Little Star, Prairie Schooner, december, Blue Lyra Review, Prime Number Magazine and Poetry East. Her translations of poetry by Yves Bonnefoy include Words in Stone and The Origin of Language. Among her current projects is Self-Portraits, a chapbook collection of ekphrastic poems focused on women across the arts. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches in the Chicago Public Schools.
The Pleasures of Form without Meter
English is an accented language—we do not place equal stresses on each syllable. As a result, our traditional poetry is metrical. Shakespeare and Frost live and breathe in iambic pentameter. For anyone who is interested in form but has trouble hearing the beat, or who just wants to escape its tyranny, it can be fun to play around with forms that count syllables the way French and Spanish do, and certain American poets. In this workshop, we’ll look at some examples of syllabic verse and then try some of our own what you write during the session, or bring copies of something else to share for feedback.
December 9, 2017 — Bill Yarrow
Bill Yarrow, Professor of English at Joliet Junior College and seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of The Vig of Love, Blasphemer, Pointed Sentences, and four chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including Pirene’s Fountain, Poetry International, RHINO, FRiGG, Altered Scale, Gargoyle, Iodine Poetry Journal, Fulcrum, and PANK. He is the co-author of Pointed Music, a CD of poems from Pointed Sentences set to original music by the Boston composer Ray Fahrner. Bill is featured in Derek Alger’s Beginnings: How 14 Poets Got Their Start. His work also appears in the anthologies ArsMoriendi, This is Poetry: Volume II: The Midwest Poets, and Aeolian Harp, Volume One. He is an editor at the online journal Blue Fifth Review.
Invented Forms: Inherited vs. invented form of poetry
No question, form is confinement, but one paradox of creative writing is that writing in form liberates, rather than restricts, the imagination. But whose form? There are two kinds—inherited and invented. We’re all familiar with inherited forms—sonnets, villanelles, haiku…but in this session we will look at idiosyncratic, invented poetic forms and invent some of our own. William Blake said, “I must invent my own system or be enslaved by another man’s.” Let’s break free of the forms passed down to us by tradition. Come ready to think outside the inherited box!
Please bring 15 copies of your poem(s).
There will be ample time for individual critiques at each session.
Workshops take place at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067
To download a PDF registration form to attend workshops,
Responses to questionnaires indicated that participants want: short lectures; critiques of their poems; and short writing exercises so sessions will cover all three interests.