GPL Poets: Getting to Good -- workshop for poets of all abilities

Date: 5/5/2017, 5/12/2017, 5/19/2017
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
 Workshop dates: May 5, 12, 19 @ 5:30-7 pm
Ever wondered what a villanelle is? A pantoum? A responsive poem? Maybe you already know — but you’d like to learn how to launch or develop your skills as a poet, as well as become more competitive in the literary marketplace.

Discover with published, local working poets Marea Gordett and Susan Comninos how to realize your ambitions as a writer in two separate workshops(Beginner/Advanced Beginner; Intermediate/Advanced)focused on similar verse forms, but using distinctive approaches.

Developing poets will enjoy Gordett’s gentle and supportive approach to getting material on the page and shaping it into a poem. More advanced poets will enjoy Comninos’s technical and analytic approach to prompting, shaping, and polishing poetry.

We ask participants to submit three poems for review prior to the workshops, to help determine which group is best suited for you. Please drop off hard copies at the Adult Reference desk; or email them to, no later than April 28. Registration is required.

Gordett taught creative and expository writing in the English department of Tufts University for many years. She published a book of poetry, Freeze Tag, with Wesleyan University Press, and won a Pushcart Prize, a "Discovery"/The Nation award and the Hearst Prize from The North American Review. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, The Georgia Review, College English, and The Seattle Review, among other literary magazines.

Comninos has taught creative writing at the Univ. of Michigan, RPI and the Arts Center of the Capital Region, among others. She won the Yehuda Halevi Poetry Contest run by Tablet; a Tishman Review Staff Favorite prize; a VQR Writers’ Conference Scholarship award; and a Poets Respond (to the news) contest run by Rattle. Her poems have appeared in the Harvard Review Online, Rattle, Subtropics, TriQuarterly and Southern Humanities Review, among others.

Location: Tawasentha
Registration Ends: 5/3/2017 at 12:00 AM
Contact: Maria Buhl
Contact Number: 456-2400 ext. 2
Presenter: Susan Comninos/Marea Gordett
Status: Closed

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