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Ishion Hutchinson

Utterance and Intent: Intent and Utterance

Ishion Hutchinson, photo by Neil Watson
Ishion Hutchinson, photo by Neil Watson
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This workshop considers the various workings of pitch and tone in poems. We will consider the characteristics of voicing, asking at every turn what kinds of pressure imprints the aural field of a poem into its most memorable lines? Our conversation will be built around a close reading of Alice Oswald’s Nobody, and we will workshop your own poems.


  • This is an advanced poetry workshop. To apply, please submit a writing sample of three to five poems.
  • Please submit a cover letter that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.
  • The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a deposit of $200 is required to register, with the balance due by October 15.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.


Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of the poetry collections Far District and House of Lords and Commons. His awards include the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, the Windham-Campbell Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Cornell University.