In this workshop, we will focus on your poems. We will generate active 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, honesty, sincerity, beauty, and truth. We will investigate the future of your work, of poetry in the world, and of imagination’s infinitely rare resources. A vital recklessness and a careful tending to our imaginations will be central to our work. Prose/poetry combinations, lineated poems, prose poems, and traditional forms are all welcome.


Note: This workshop is full. Please contact us if you wish to join the waitlist; do not make payment in the meantime. Winners of our named awards are guaranteed space in the workshop of their choice.

About Dara Wier

Dara Wier’s 12 books of poems include the forthcoming You Good Thing, a Selected Poems, and Reverse Rapture, a book-length apocalyptic journey through the future and back into the present. A selection of 15 new poems is featured in the July/August 2012 issue of the American Poetry Review.

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 and performance space in Hadley, Massachusetts.