Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings with Matthew Burgess

Poet Matthew Burgess will read from his new picture book biography Enormous Smallness: A Story of E E Cummings and lead an E E-inspired poetry activity for all ages.

Matthew Burgess is the author of two books, Slippers for Elsewhere and Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E Cummings, and editor of the forthcoming Dream Closet, an anthology of art and writing about childhood spaces.


Drop in throughout the day and mix together cool art materials with poetic fragments inside clear-sided diorama boxes. Watch as a literary terrarium forms before your eyes.

All ages welcome!

A Haunted (Poets) House

Drop in during the day to listen to classic spooky poetry, make a monster mask, and write a spell or incantation on “ancient” paper.

All ages welcome!

Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing with Karen Benke

Join us for an exploration into the lost art of letter writing.Pen postcard prompts and letter lead-ins to create a mailable gift you will send to a friend at the end of the workshop.

Recommended for middle schoolers.

Karen Benke is the celebrated author of Sister, Rip the Page! and Leap Write In! She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her teenage son, a magic cat named Clive, and a rescue dog.

Kite Building and Chinese Poetry Workshop

Cast your imagination skyward with this poetry and kite-building workshop. Participants will personalize their high-flying creations by marking them with poems inspired by the images and metaphors of traditional Chinese poetry. All ages welcome!

Myth into Modern Poetry with Antoinette Brim

Myths of African, Asian, Greek, and Roman origin are embedded in World literature, not only as metaphor and moral, but as a measure of humanity’s intrinsic faults or heroism. This workshop will explore timeless myths as a means to discuss modern political, social and spiritual issues through poetry. Poets might consider the risk of flying too high or the folly of flying too low with Icarus. Poets might ask T’ao Ch’ien to lead the residents of Ferguson to the idyllic Peach Blossom Spring.

Writing Your Obsession with Laura Sims

Are you fascinated by Monarch butterflies? Dark matter? Funiculars? Politics? Medieval art? How do you go about translating that passionate interest onto the page? In this workshop, we will explore how other poets have plumbed their passions—Maggie Nelson in Bluets, Sawako Nakayasu in The Ants, Takashi Hiraide in For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut, and Harryette Mullen in Sleeping with the Dictionary, to name a few—and will mine our own new or longstanding obsessions to write a series of connected poems.

Divine Ekphrasis: Reading Art, Reading Self, Reading Soul with Sharon Dolin

Throughout the millennia, poets have been inspired by the visual arts as a way into reading the self and soul. This workshop will explore figurations of the soul through our numinous encounters with the visual. How can we create a dialogue with the visual arts that triggers an introspection of the self?

Literary Adaptation: Writing Through Rewriting with Paul Legault

In this class, each writer will select a classic text to adapt and transform over the course of the six weeks, while engaging with poems based on precursor texts, and the precursors that provoked them. How can writing be a way of reading? How old is the ‘remix’? For inspiration, we’ll discuss Shakespeare rewrites by Jen Bervin, Harryette Mullen, and June Jordan, as well as Jack Spicer’s “Homage to Creeley,” Rod Smith’s “Homage to Homage to Creeley,” and Joshua Ware’s “Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley,” alongside many other literary sequels.

Master Class with Terese Svoboda

Saturday, December 5, Noon-4pm
Sunday, December 6 Noon-4pm

Application deadline: November 20

Terese Svoboda is the author of more than a dozen books. Her forthcoming titles include When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected & New Poems and Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet.


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