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Writers Workshops

Poetry 2023-212/In-Person

Course #2023-212
Thursdays Starting July 13 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $315 Instructor: Bevin O'Connor


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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This is an in-person workshop that takes place at Inprint House.


Poetry, in my experience, is a way to say that which resists saying. It is a language all its own—one which is endlessly expansive. This is what makes poetry meaningful and necessary. The poem is a place to play, as much as it is a place to grieve, as much as it is a place to love. The work of poetry is invaluable because it brings us back to the sensations of the world, and also reminds us of our existence within it. The poem does this not through description, but through the creation of experience—the pulse of poetry (to quote poet A.R. Ammons) moves “past telling, to be recognized by burning.” By this, I understand Ammons to mean that, in the language of poetry, what is felt (the sensations of language) is just as meaningful as what is said. What makes poetry endlessly exciting, is that it is a craft which asks both writer and reader to notice not only what is being expressed, but how the expression feels: its form, its texture, its rhythm, its music. What is the pulse of the poem? How do we feel it? How might we listen? In this workshop, we will explore such questions by studying the writing of poets from different backgrounds, time-periods, and aesthetic sensibilities. We’ll traverse expressions of voice, form, content, and style as we develop our own poetic languages. We’ll also work towards cultivating a sense of trust and vulnerability as we workshop each other’s writing, help each other hone our ever-developing voices, and practice listening to the pulse of our poetry.

about the instructor

BEVIN O’CONNOR is a poet and educator from Southern California. She received her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Writers’ Workshop Alberta Kelly Fellowship and winner of the Prairie Lights Donald Justice Poetry Contest. Bevin has taught writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Southern California. A 2022 finalist for the Best of the Net Anthology, her work can be found in Pallette Poetry, Afternoon Visitor, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Poetry at the University of Houston where she is an Inprint Nina and Michael Zilkha Fellowship recipient  and serves as an assistant poetry editor for Gulf Coast magazine.

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