This workshop will promote the writing of poems that feature imaginative travel, that is, poems that can transport the reader from one place to another. We will examine and practice a variety of maneuvers that may be useful in advancing poems from simple beginnings to unexpected endings.
Exercises and model poems will be provided, but our focus will remain on the creative output of the participants. Did I mention that this will be pleasurable and even fun? It will.
Admission to this workshop will be based on a writing sample: three poems. Submissions should be a single file in .doc format with the title “CollinsSub_YourName.doc”
About Billy Collins
Billy Collins is a two-term United States Poet Laureate, New York State Poet, and the author of nine collections of poetry, including most recently Horoscopes for the Dead. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY) and a Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College. Collins’s honors include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. With the Library of Congress, he established Poetry 180, a teaching aid for high school students founded on the belief that “poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race.”