Poetry Workshops

HOSTED BY IOWA CITY POETRY


Upcoming Workshops


New workshops are in development now. Please check back soon for updates!

Past Workshops


  • Write, Memory: Embracing the Poetic through the Lyric Essay
    August 8, 15, 22, 29

    Write, Memory: Embracing the Poetic through the Lyric Essay

    Hannah Bonner

    Explore memory through the lyric essay, a hybrid form that complements the circuitous, nonlinear nature of recollection.

  • Beyond Beauty: Poetry as Expansion and Resistance
    July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1

    Beyond Beauty: Poetry as Expansion and Resistance

    Jessica Lawson

    What kinds of poetic topics, poetic forms, and human lives exist in Beauty’s shadow?

  • Closing Time: Using Spoken Word Techniques to Create a Powerful Ending
    June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28

    Closing Time: Using Spoken Word Techniques to Create a Powerful Ending

    Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey

    From effective final lines to structure subversion, spoken word artists have found multiple ways to leave audiences stunned.

  • Bringing the World into Your Poetry
    June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22

    Bringing the World into Your Poetry

    Hannah Bonner

    Over the past year, we have spent so much time separated from the outside world. Over four weeks in June, we will explore ways in which to bring the world into our poetry.

  • Queer as Form
    May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5

    Queer as Form

    Jessica Lawson

    Is queer poetry just using old tools to tell new stories? Are there poetic forms that are themselves queer?

  • Poetry in Active Voice - Wednesday Sessions
    March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7

    Poetry in Active Voice - Wednesday Sessions

    Steven Willis

    With influences from Spoken Word, Shakespeare, and American Poetic Realism in theater, Willis shows how the single person speaking in real time is the most underutilized element of poetry.

  • Poetry in Active Voice - Monday Sessions
    March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5

    Poetry in Active Voice - Monday Sessions

    Steven Willis

    With influences from Spoken Word, Shakespeare, and American Poetic Realism in theater, Willis shows how the single person speaking in real time is the most underutilized element of poetry.

  • Variations on a Theme: The Foundations of a Poetry Project
    February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20

    Variations on a Theme: The Foundations of a Poetry Project

    Micky Bayonne

    This four-week workshop will investigate methods for beginning work on a poetry “project” or a series of poems with a common origin.

  • Walking with Walt
    January 9, January 16, January 23

    Walking with Walt

    Micah Bateman and Danielle Wheeler

    Whitman will serve as our touchstone as we discover new verse forms and chart poetic pathways

  • The Power of "I": Writing from Experience
    November 7, November 14, November 21

    The Power of "I": Writing from Experience

    Micky Bayonne

    The coffee pot in the morning, the conversations with friends, the show you have been shamelessly binge watching. How do we translate that to the page?

  • Mark-Making ~ The Interplay of Eye and Ear in Poetry
    October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29

    Mark-Making ~ The Interplay of Eye and Ear in Poetry

    Shira Dentz

    What motivates a writer to push outside the lines?

  • If Not a Luxury: A Workshop in Poetry & Vision
    September 9, September 16, September 23

    If Not a Luxury: A Workshop in Poetry & Vision

    Becca Klaver

    As Lorde writes: “For women, then, poetry is not a luxury.

  • The Poem Inside the Poem: Experiments in Radical Revision
    August 22, August 29, September 12

    The Poem Inside the Poem: Experiments in Radical Revision

    Nora Claire Miller

    During this three week workshop, we will investigate what it means for the poems we have already written to "begin to live."

  • Hook, Line, & Sinker
    MAY 19, MAY 26, JUNE 2

    Hook, Line, & Sinker

    Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey

    When a poet steps to the microphone, truth on the tip of their tongue and vulnerability in their voice, you listen.

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