This workshop will focus primarily on poetic form. We will explore not merely what these particular forms are but why, how and the often underdeveloped sense of when you may think to use them. This will involve our studying, in brief, the history of these forms, their strict and loose interpretations, and how your formal poems can thrive in the present instead of seeming beholden to, and sounding like they were written, in the past. You will be expected to write a new poem in a new form for every workshop meeting. This workshop is designed both for all levels of poets, regardless of past experience with formal poetry. The one-on-one conclusion of the course may be by letter, phone call, or video conference.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of The Ground, Heaven, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, The Circuit: a Tennis Odyssey, and Living Weapon. He has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, the PEN/Osterweil Prize for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.