Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2024 Summer Workshops

Sarah Messer Experimental and Everyday Forms: Process, Procedure and New Poetry Production June 12 to June 17, 2016 Tuition: $600 Workshop: 9AM-Noon Discipline: Poetry OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

A voluntary lock-up in your own poetry factory. We’ll meet each day to discuss your new writing – you’ll leave the week with at least seven new poems, and a whole manual of ideas to refurbish and reinvent others. Daily writing prompts, Ouilipo and Dada experiments, found texts, collage, erasures, imitations, and experiments. Produce something exciting and new. Series poems, long-poems, or a different style every day – all encouraged and accepted here.


Sarah Messer has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Michigan Council for the Arts and others. She is the author of four books: two poetry collections, Bandit Letters (New Issues, 2001), Dress Made of Mice (Black Lawrence, 2015), a history/memoir Red House (Viking, 2004), and a book of translations, Having Once Paused, Poems of Zen Master Ikkyu (University of Michigan Press, 2015). Red House was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick for Fall 2004. In 2008-2009, she was a Poetry Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. For many years Sarah taught in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Currently she runs One Pause Poetry ( in Ann Arbor, Michigan and works at White Lotus Farms.