“Poems of Praise: Everyday Addresses, from Odes to Elegies”
January 11–15, 2016
In this intensive course, we will invigorate our poems and our writing lives with a focus on the everyday and the extraordinary, from food to loss. Students will write toward odes to everyday things in the spirit of Neruda and Lucille Clifton; we will also address poems to lost places and people, as a way of finding voices and tones that are our own. The result is less a poetry workshop than a lab for living.
• There is no fee to apply; if you are accepted into the workshop, a $100 deposit will be required to hold your place, with full payment due by September 30. Financial assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend.
• Admission to the workshop will be based on a writing sample of two poems, along with a brief cover letter.
• To Apply, please prepare your submission as a single file (.pdf or .doc format preferred). Include your name and email address at the top right-hand corner of each page. File names should adhere to the format: “Lastname_Firstname.pdf.” Once your submission is ready, fill out our application below and attach your poems using our file uploader.
UPDATE: This workshop is now full. Submit an application below to be considered as an alternate.
About Kevin Young
Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry and prose, most recently Book of Hours, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Young’s The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and won the PEN Open Award. He is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing & English and curator of Literary Collections & the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, and served as the Holmes Visiting Poet at Princeton University for spring 2015.