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.
April 8, 2017 — Kenyatta Rogers
Kenyatta Rogers was the 2012-2013 Visiting Poet in English, at Columbia College Chicago where he also earned his MFA in Creative Writing Poetry. He is a Cave Canem fellow and was twice nominated for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, Vinyl, Bat City Review, Rhino Poetry, The Volta among others. He is an Associate Editor with Rhino Poetry and currently serves on the Creative Writing Faculty at The Chicago High School for the Arts.
“Katy” The Frank O’Hara Poem and the Work it has Inspired
The 1953 poem “Katy” by Frank O’Hara is still resonating with poets and writers over 60 years later. We will examine this poem its penultimate line “Someday I’ll love Frank O’Hara,” and how it has and continues to inspire the work of contemporary poets. Whether the poems are written as imitation or ode, “Katy” has become and is being used as a reference point for examining the self and one’s personal and familial histories.
May 13, 2017 — Maureen Flannery
Maureen Tolman Flannery is the author of eight books of poetry,
including Tunnel into Morning, Destiny Whispers to the Beloved, and Ancestors in the Landscape. Her latest book, Navigating by Expectant Stars, is a poetic response to the discovery of her parents’ wartime love letters. Having grown up on a Wyoming sheep ranch, Maureen and her actor husband Dan have raised their four children in Chicago. She is a wood-carver, doll-maker and home funeral guide. More than five hundred of her poems have been published in anthologies, journals, literary reviews, and on-line publications, among them: North American Review, Xavier Review, Winning Writers, BorderSenses, Wisconsin Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Calyx, Pedestal, and Atlanta Review.
From the clever play on words to the laugh-out-loud line, the relief provided by humor in serious poetry
renders it more enjoyable and accessible. We will explore the exaggerations of John Dixon and the just-plain-funny observations of Billy Collins. Humor has made itself at home in the work of excellent poets. Here’s your chance to make ’em laugh. Bring your poem for critique and perhaps your favorite humorous poem to entertain the group. Let’s explore techniques together and have a good time.
June 10, 2017 — Bill Yarrow
Bill Yarrow, Professor of English at Joliet Junior College and editor at the online journal Blue Fifth Review, is the author of The Vig of Love, Blasphemer, Pointed Sentences, and four chapbooks. His work also appears in the anthologies Aeolian Harp, Volume One; This is Poetry: Volume Two: The Midwest Poets; and Beginnings: How 14 Poets Got Their Start. He has been nominated eight times for a Pushcart Prize.
Ekphrastic Poetry by Bill Yarrow
Many poets turn to works of art or photography for inspiration, but is the mere description of a work of art sufficient to make a poem successful? In this workshop, we will look at a number of classic and contemporary ekphrastic poems and discuss what elevates some ekphrastic poems above others, exploring whether those principles of effective composition can apply also to works outside of the ekphrastic tradition.
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.