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Writers Workshops

Poetry 2020-114

Course #2020-114
Mondays Starting January 6 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 8 weeks skipping Monday, January 20
Cost: $375 Instructor: Erika Jo Brown
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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For Marianne Moore, genuine poetry contained “imaginary gardens with real toads in them.” Contemporary poetry has blossomed into a thicket of ideas and aesthetics with all manner of amphibians. It is a superb time to join the ever-expanding community of writers bushwhacking their way through poetic conventions.

In this eight-week course, we will focus on creative strategies and experiment with various craft elements. Two anthologies of formal verse—The Making of a Poem, edited by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland, and An Exaltation of Forms, edited by Annie Finch and Kathrine Varnes—will serve as generative engines. Supplementary handouts will further encourage possibilities and identify potential pitfalls in your poetic practice.

The most important texts for the course will be the work of students, which will be read with compassion as well as constructive critique. Finally, we’ll discuss getting your work into the hands of a wider readership and opportunities to engage with the wider Houston literary community.

About the instructor

ERIKA JO BROWN is the author of the poetry collection I’m Your Huckleberry (Brooklyn Arts Press). She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her PhD from the University of Houston. Brown co-curates the Poison Pen reading series and works at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital through Writers in The Schools.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration  policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Winter/Spring 2020 workshop schedule click here.