In this one-day intensive, we'll look at some of literary history's great epistolary writing-- from Heloise & Abelard to Chris Kraus, passing by way of Madame de Stael, Proust, Keats, Lou Andreas-Salome, Rilke, Kafka, Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan, & more-- and then we will write letters, put them in envelopes, and yes: drop them in the mail. I don't know about you, but there are people I've been writing to in my mind for years-- some of them are kin and some are movie stars.
“Around her, this house, which saw joy and torment no more or less than most, trembles like the eggs her Baba painted at Easter, blowing out the yolk and watery white from a pinhole, the hollowed shell cupped in her palm waiting to be filled with color.”
This weeklong intensive writing program provides an exceptional opportunity for gifted young poets to develop their voice and hone their craft. Working with their peers, and with the guidance of a master teaching poet and guest poets, students will gain exposure to a range of poetic forms and various styles, and create and present original works. All participating students will receive lunch and transportation stipends for the duration of the program. Lead by poet and playwright Dave Johnson.
Robin Coste Lewis reads her lyrical craft essay "Boarding The Voyage" on the background to and creation of the title poem of her National Book Award winning collection The Voyage of the Sable Venus, as part of her talk Art & Craft with Robin Coste Lewis. Introduction by Poets House's Director of Library and Outreach Services Reginald Harris
(Approx. 50 mins)
2015 National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis answers questions on writing, editing, and her process of creating her collection The Voyage of the Sable Venus and other poems as part of her talk Art & Craft with Robin Coste Lewis
(Approx. 30 mins)
Robin Coste Lewis reads and discusses the poems "Glinda the Good," Félicité," and "Plantation" from her 2015 National Book Award winning collection The Voyage of the Sable Venus and other poems as part of her talk Art & Craft with Robin Coste Lewis
(Approx. 10 mins)
Join award-winning poet, artist, and scholar Stephen Massimilla and professional chef and graduate culinary nutrition instructor Myra Kornfeld for a very happy hour all about what poets—from Homer to Rumi to Neruda to Wendell Berry to Elizabeth Alexander to Massimilla and Kornfeld themselves—can teach you about eating well and wisely and getting plenty of satisfaction. “There is no happiness like mine,” exclaims Mark Strand, “I have been eating poetry.”
Katharine Coles was a 2012 - 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and is a professor at the University of Utah. Her sixth book of poetry, Flight, will be released this spring by Red Hen Press.
Jennifer Grotz is the author of The Needle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) and Cusp (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books, 2003). Her latest book, Window Left Open, was released by Graywolf Press in February 2016.
Author of more than twenty volumes of poetry and prose Bernadette Mayer reads from Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Collected Early Books of Bernadette Mayer, after introductions by the volume's co-editors Michael Ruby and Sam Truitt
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour 15 mins) .