2023 Summer Workshops
This workshop is part of the POETRY FESTIVAL
Contrary to popular belief, “voice” is not merely a synonym for “style.” Voice takes part in a dynamic conversation across the arts and across history, languages, cultures and traditions. Yet few notions in writing today prove as elusive and contested as voice, whether we consider voice as a metaphor for identity signaled through dialect and diction, or a writer’s way of positioning herself—as an authority, for example, in relation to the reader. Or, yes, as personal style. A voice might incarnate an entire world in a few phrases, but it also probes, interrogates, and dismantles worlds. In this workshop we will explore poetry, memoir, essay—any writing oriented around a first-person speaker—to chart exciting and contrary approaches to voice, and then write our own new work. This new work may be based on work we’ve already written. Our goal is to engage in new approaches to the presentation of self. The workshop is generative. Manuscripts do not need to be submitted in advance.
Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and teaches in the graduate writing program at Rutgers-Camden University. Air Traffic, a memoir in essay, was published in 2018.