When we are deeply on our own what are the ways we can reach out, open to, and create new connections and possibilities in our poems and our acts of making? And how might that help us to be more present in the larger world? In this entirely generative workshop we will work together in the poem lab. We’ll read the work of poets whose vision of mutual aid extends to their poetics and we’ll delve into our own poems to consider how we make community on the page and in the world. We will write and revise. We will explore other mediums (painting, drawing, etc.) and have adventures meant to help us and our poems as we enter the post-isolation world of the after. We’ll consider ways we might find to hold onto any generative solitude we were able to create. We’ll work to make new poetic forms that reflect the world we want to live in and sound into. This is a class for poets of all levels of experience. We’ll meet each other where we’re at. You can come having not having written in ages. Or you can come with drafts and drafts. We’ve got you.
While I will not be offering written comments on poems in this generative class I am happy to hold a 30 minute individual conference with each student in where we can look at work together (from the workshop or anything else you’d like to bring). I will open the Zoom classroom each day from 12 pm – 2pm, EST. I will also provide recorded material for anyone who cannot make that time. We can also have lunch or dinner as a class during the week once or twice (totally optional but I’ll be there!). Emphasis will be placed on community, possibility, and what comes next.
LIVE TIME: 12 pm–2pm EST.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX; the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review; and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi's poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, The New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, The Year I Didn't Kill Myself and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Carrboro, NC, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice.