In this workshop, we will focus on your poems. We will generate sure-fire means of raising the stakes and provide exercises to help jump-start new directions in your writing processes, actions, and outcomes. We’ll talk about sources, about work habits, about reading (your own work and the work of others, whether it be prose or poetry), and about how to keep one’s mind open to potentially astonishing combinations of fact, invention, mystery, music, ritual, play, regret, relief, grief, love, and yes, beauty and truth. We will investigate the future of your work, of poetry in the world, and of imagination’s infinitely rare resources. Many of you are here because imagining the future has been something you’ve entertained and employed. The rich recklessness of our imaginations stirs in the distance. Prose/poetry combinations are welcome as well as lineated poems.


Poets of all levels and experience are invited to join this workshop. Please arrive for the workshop with at least three poems of yours, and one or two other poems you admire or have been inspired by.

About Dara Wier

Dara Wier’s 11 books of poems include, most recently, Selected Poems. Reverse Rapture is a book-length apocalyptic journey through the future and back into the present. Her publisher is Wave Books, an independent publisher based in New York and Seattle.

Wier has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Foundation. Her work has been awarded the San Francisco Poetry Center’s Book of the Year Award. Poems appear (in print and online) in Conduit, American Poetry Review, The Boston Review, The Nation, notnostrums, Lit, Scythe, Lungful, Make, Maggy, Oh No, Wolf in the Field, Sprung Formal, Matter, Telephone and elsewhere.

Wier is on the permanent faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. She co-founded and co-directs the University of Massachusetts’ Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action. Along with Guy Pettit and Emily Pettit she publishes chapbooks, broadsides, and books for Factory Hollow Press, which is housed in Flying Object, a community arts collective and printshop, gallery, and meeting place in Hadley, Massachusetts.