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Friday, April 3

9:00am EDT

1H: Self-Portraits as Self-Transformation: Poetry Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Audre Lorde wrote, “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” In this generative poetry workshop, participants will explore what it means to define and represent who they are on the page—and how complicated it is to navigate “other people’s fantasies” for the self. After all, our perceptions and descriptions of ourselves don’t exist in a vacuum but are shaped by family, social groups, culture, history, and politics. Works from both visual art and poetry will be our guides as we dive into the mess of ourselves and strive toward transformation.  

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Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, among other honors. Bloodaxe Books has recently published the UK edition. Chen's new chapbook... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Charles River Room - 4th Floor
  Block 1

10:15am EDT

2H: Uninformed: Creating New Forms in Poetry
Limited Capacity seats available

Poets have used received forms for centuries, as their tight constraints prompt us to innovate constantly. But what if you want to write something more modern and unexpected-- a form of your own invention? Participants in this session will create a series of constraints to construct a form of poetry on their own. This exciting workshop will tempt writers into breaking all the rules of form poetry as we know it, in an attempt to create work new and unseen.

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Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola is from the future! Black, poet, queer-dyke, hip-hop feminist, womanist: Porsha is a native of Chicago who now resides in Boston. Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Cabot Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

3I: Art of the Book of Poems: Structure and Surprise
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive talk, we’ll be discussing strategies behind putting together a manuscript of poems. We’ll look briefly at some models of collections, talk about beginnings and endings of books, and we will also talk about prompts that may assist in filling manuscript holes. Participants in this session will attempt exercises that may benefit the structure of a larger work.

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Oliver de la Paz

Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, and The Boy in the Labyrinth. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Charles River Room - 4th Floor
  Block 3

3:30pm EDT

4K: The Poet's Marketplace
Limited Capacity seats available

Prose-writers often speak of agents and synopses and book proposals, but what do you do if you're a poet? How do find enthusiastic audience for your poetry, whether in submitting collections to presses and contests, networking with editors, or building an audience poem by poem? Join this lively discussion among prominent poetry editors, publishing staff, active community members, and fellow successful poets about an opaque but vital topic: the "marketplace" of poetry. You'll leave with a clearer understanding of this landscape, and how to proceed in finding the readers you'll connect with most.

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Erica Charis-Molling

Education Director, Mass Poetry
Erica Charis-Molling is a poet, educator, and librarian. Her writing has been published in Crosswinds, Presence, Glass, Anchor, Vinyl, Entropy, and Mezzo Cammin and is forthcoming in Redivider. She has taught workshops at the Boston Public Library and online courses for Berklee Online... Read More →
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Kristina Darling

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-four books, including DIFFICULT: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry (Black Ocean, forthcoming); Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle (Akron Poetry Series, forthcoming); Angel of the North (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming... Read More →
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Martha Rhodes

Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall (Pitt Poetry Series, 2017). She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a guest editor at Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Colrain... Read More →
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Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson, has lectured and performed in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. In Italy, representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award (Monfalcone) & the Europa en Versi Award (LaGuardia di Como). Himself & his work appear in love jones: a feature-film... Read More →
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Frances Donovan

Frances Donovan’s chapbook Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore (Reaching Press, 2018) was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Awards. Publication credits include The Rumpus, Snapdragon, and SWWIM. She holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University, is a certified Poet Educator... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Charles River Room - 4th Floor
Saturday, April 4

3:30pm EDT

8H: More or Less: Maximalist and Minimalist Approaches to Telling Your Story
Limited Capacity seats available

This craft class will start with a very brief overview of minimalist and maximalist approaches, with a focus on how writers have used them to achieve emotional impact in their work. We will then look at a few texts by Susan Sontag, Wayne Corbitt, and Rebecca Makkai -- writers who are dealing with similar material in very different ways to great effect. If we have time, we'll also look at two works by Octavia Butler and Timothy Donnelly. Throughout the class, you might be self-diagnosing yourself as a minimalist or a maximalist and clinging to that artistic identity, but -- spoiler alert! -- one main point here is that you don't have to choose.

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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani's fourth novel, Leading Men, is forthcoming from Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays on point of view in fiction, and three other novels. Christopher works as artistic director of GrubStreet, was a... Read More →

Saturday April 4, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Tremont Room - 4th Floor
  Block 8