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Our Statewide Student Day of Poetry has been broke up into five regional events for 2015. You are now perusing the BOSTON event! 

On Tuesday, December 15, Mass Poetry’s Student Day of Poetry is taking over UMass Boston! SDOP features a morning poetry sampler, writing-generative workshops, performances, readings, and a student open mic. We’ve got something for everyone, from the student who isn’t even sure they like poetry to the senior leading the after-school poetry club. 

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Tuesday, December 15
 

9:15am EST

Breaking Up With America
In this workshop, we will address idealized notions of the American Dream by looking at the way we talk about romance. We will look at break-up poems & poems about colonization & poems about "making it." How is America romanticized? How can some immigrant stories be compared to heartbreak? Students will write their own break-up poems to America.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken-word poet & educator living in Boston. She has previously been published in Electric Cereal, Michrochondria, & the Guardian. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion and a Brenda Moosey Video Slam Winner.Sample Poem:If you ask me if I am fluent in Spanish... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Dude, Where's My Poem? Poetry of Place
Canada. Texas. Disneyland. It is interesting to think how the places we've lived in, visited, or just driven through influence our lives in big and small ways. Setting is often a big component in poetry; it can set up a story you're telling, show you a part of yourself you'd never known before, or the whole poem can be a reaction to that setting. I like to think of setting as a fluid term that not only describes environmental factors, such as city, or landscape, but also includes people, language, regional customs, etc. Poetry of place can help you understand what a setting has added to your person and what you contribute to it as well.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Plascencia

Cynthia Plascencia

Cynthia Plascencia is a third-year MFA poetry student at the University of New Hampshire. She received B.A. in English – Creative Writing from the University of Houston in 2010. Currently she serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the online literary journal, Barnstorm. Her poems can... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Ekphrastic Poetry: Adventuring Outside the Frame
This workshop will explore poems as responses to visual art. We’ll use paintings as generative materials to begin poems that’ll wander off the canvas, and venture somewhere new, and unexpected.

Speakers
avatar for Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He's an MFA candidate at UMass Boston, where he teaches. Brenda Shaughnessy selected his poem “Ode to Tongue” for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology. He's the winner of the Mary Doyle Curran Creative Writing... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Getting Lost in Translations
There are infinite ways to define a poem. For this workshop, we will play with many definitions that speak to the transformative power a poem contains. It is a magic trick, for example, or a ritual of transmutation. We will find the exchange rate for converting reality into words. For, as poets, we engage in translation routinely. Yet finding equivalents in one language for words in another is probably the least challenging form of translation we will attempt. Metaphor is only the most basic. In this workshop we will explore strategies to get at that ultimate form of alchemy we call the poem.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo

Headliner
Gregory Pardlo's ​collection​ Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Digest​ was al​so shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Getting to the First Draft
To be a writer is to sometimes know the unhappy predicament of being stuck between the desire to write and a first draft--how frustrating! Some writers may tell you there’s nothing more intimidating than a blank page. This workshop attempts to help you out of your writer's funk. With fun topic generating activities and form-writing exercises, you'll be well on your way to a first draft. You'll leave this workshop with an original poem and plenty of revision strategies to make your work even better.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Glavin

Kate Glavin

Kate Glavin received her M.A. in English Literature from the University of South Dakota in 2010. After teaching writing for several years, she is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston.


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Here and Now
This workshop will stress writing about real people and places, anchoring poems in the objective world--the friends, places, things we encounter, need, abuse, love, and....write poems about.

Speakers
avatar for John Ronan

John Ronan

John Ronan lives and works in Gloucester where he is a former Poet Laureate. He was also a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, 1999-2000. His last book, Marrowbone Lane, appeared in 2009 (Backwaters Press); Linda Pastan has called his work "Very good indeed: original... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Jump Starting Your Writing and Not Buying Into Writers Block
Do you believe in writers block? I don't, because even though you may have heard all about it, writers block only exists if you want it to. It's all about FEAR! Today's workshop will demonstrate how to work with prompts, either pictures or words, and what's the best way to workshop. 

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of twelve books of short fiction and poetry. His latest novel Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story (Big Table Publishing) was released in 2016. Coming in 2017 will be his first book of poetry since 2014 titled "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real". He has had over... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

ME: A Creative and Confidence Building Poetry Workshop
This is a poetry workshop where students will be given the liberty to creatively and positively express what it is to be themselves through the written and spoken word. 

Speakers
avatar for Neiel Israel

Neiel Israel

Neiel Israel is an internationally acclaimed poet, vocalist, and arts educator. Emerging from the Boston spoken-word scene, she quickly distinguished herself as a powerful, and lyrical poetic voice. With her captivating voice she is a five time Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Poetry as Activism
This workshop will explore the intersection of spoken word/performance poetry as activism. Through videos, discussion, writing and performance, we will examine the ways this craft may be used for whatever battles in which we find ourselves engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-based activist, spoken word artist, educator and musician. He is a two-time Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni and is currently a member of slam teams representing Berklee College of Music and The House Slam of the Haley House Bakery and Café in... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Poetry as Bewilderment with Nick Flynn
Frost would sometimes say at his readings that "poems are about what you don't mean as well as what you do mean." In our time together I would like to examine this idea by thinking about the concept of "bewilderment" and how it gets acted out in our poems—either through syntax, our accessing the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, unrealized. Or, as Aristotle puts it, "The mind in the act of making a mistake. . ." We will look for those moments we begin to stutter and stumble when talking about our poems, or in the poems themselves, for these are the thresholds beyond which is unknown, beyond which is the white space on the map. Over the course of our brief time together we will attempt to push a little deeper into this shadow world. Come prepared with paper and pen, we will generate some writing together.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn

Headliner
Nick Flynn’s “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two book of poetry, “Some Ether” (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Poetry That Talks Back
“You will ask: why does your poetry/not speak to us of sleep, of the leaves, of the great volcanoes of your native land?/Come and see the blood in the streets,/come and see/the blood in the streets,/come and see the blood/in the streets!”

-Pablo Neruda

Some ask, “Should poems be political?” Others answer, “If you’re paying attention, how can they be anything else?” 

In this workshop, we’ll read and write poems that want to change the world. Poems concerned not solely with language, but with vision. We’ll use words that are clear, concrete, and urgently direct; words that believe in the possibility of justice. That demand it! Our poems will respectfully (or not so respectfully) disagree. We’ll work on poems that witness; that create a record. Poems that know before you can change things, you must be willing to name them. We will read and write poems that speak for those who have been silenced. Poems that know how to listen, and when to talk back.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones  holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is assistant director of the Writers House. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2014 Rona... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Silly Image, Serious Though
Sometimes sitting on a rock in silence doesn't bring enlightenment—but throwing a mud pie does. Go figure! In this workshop you'll see how being silly and playful with images can lead you to deeply personal and universal discoveries that, in turn, complete a poem. With a clown car as your transport, who knows, maybe you'll see the universe or travel the highways of your consciousness? And maybe we'll join you too.

Speakers
avatar for Noah Burton

Noah Burton

Noah Burton was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied philosophy and holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. His poems have appeared in Baldhip Magazine, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Surrendering to the Metaphor
In this workshop we will work on surrendering to the metaphor.

Speakers
avatar for Aja Monet

Aja Monet

Headliner
Harry Belafonte has called Aja Monet “The true definition of an artist.” An internationally established poet, singer, performer, and educator, Monet’s craft is an in-depth reflection of emotional wisdom, skill, and activism. The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

The Bop
Starting from free-writes, students will work toward crafting their own poems in the bop form invented by Afaa Michael Weaver. This workshop will challenge students to riff on existing song lyrics in order to present new perspectives on problems that concern them.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Zimmerman

Lori Zimmerman

Lori Zimmermann is a graduate student in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is also the Tumblr Editor for the guerrilla art and poetry project Broadsided Press. Her writing has recently been published in Paragraph Shorts, Broad!, and Window Cat.Sample... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

The Spaces We Become; The Places We Come From
Where do you come from? What places have you loved? What places have you tried to rid yourself of? In the course of this workshop, with a mix of prompts and exercises, we will work with the concept of place and its role in shaping who we are. We will hone in on what it means to depict our spaces through poetry, with a focus on portraying what we intend to portray rather than a strict set of guidelines. We will generate poems as variant as our voices and the places we speak from. 

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown is a poet and spoken word artist from Boston. She has been writing for the majority of her life. After graduating from Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, she returned to the area and began performing regularly in 2014. Since then, she has been featured at Stone... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

The Unlettered Muse
This will be a lively writing workshop for those of you who want to write without all the rules you never wanted to learn anyway. By using both surrealist and structured techniques, we will peep under the left and right sides of the brain and see what peeps back.

Speakers
avatar for Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

What I Was Mistaught About Dating 101
Using poems from Marie Howe and José Olivarez we will explore the roots of where we learn gender and relationships in childhood and create poems for our younger selves.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Henry Simon Bierenbaum

Jason Henry Simon Bierenbaum

Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum is a 3rd year poetry MFA candidate. His past teaching experience includes 3 years of teaching poetry at the Institute of Contemporary Art, a teaching artist residency for a student organization at Harvard University, and 4 years on the leadership team... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Writing from Memory / Writing with Metaphor
In this workshop, we will interrogate our own memories for writing ideas. With a focus on using concrete details and considering how metaphor works, we will use the details of a memory as a jumping off point for writing a poem.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Sykora

Robert Sykora

Bob Sykora is a Creative Writing MFA student at UMass Boston. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, he has lived in Portland, Oregon, Northern Utah, and Chicago, Illinois where he studied education and worked as a high school teacher before moving to Boston to study poetry. He can't seem... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Writing From Your Stomach
In this generative workshop, students will learn the difference between writing from their heads--writing that is typically overwrought, "trying too hard," etc.--writing from their hearts--that mushy, abstract writing full of words like "love," "true," "soul," what have you--and writing from their stomachs, where they can train their inner bologna detector by crafting poems that utilize concrete details, objects, character, and sound.

Speakers
avatar for Elysia Smith

Elysia Smith

Elysia Smith is a poet and aerialist from Indiana. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her writing can be found online at Split Lip, Tulip, Specter, Rust+Moth, and Elimae, or in print at Pank.Sample Poem:For CalamityAfter Mother’s deathwe... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Writing Through Movement
There are 1,000 ways to start a poem. This is 1,001. In this workshop we will explore how to enter the writing using nothing more that what we were born with: our bodies. Yes, it might be uncomfortable, but nothing worth trying isn't.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Febo

Anthony Febo

Febo has been teaching, performing, and living poetry for the last 8 years. As a lover of theatre, he finds ways to interweave it into his workshops. He also does the same with dance, challenging cultural identity, and Kanye West lyrics.


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Writing What You Didn't Know You Knew
You know how people keep telling you to write what you know? (If they haven't already, they certainly will.) It's good advice. But don't you want your writing to teach you something new? In this workshop, we'll look at some techniques (learned from the likes of John Cage, Anne Carson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Twitter, Siri) for making your language do weird and wonderful things. We'll make your words fall to pieces and piece themselves back together to make monsters.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Cha

Sam Cha

Sam Cha is a non-pseudonymous human with an MFA from UMass Boston. He lives and writes in Cambridge, MA. 


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

9:15am EST

Written Words Spoken
In this workshop we'll explore poetry from it's conception and structure to its performance and delivery, and we'll experiment with different poetic forms and share our work with the class.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Parker

Matt Parker

Matt Parker has been an avid fan of poetry since his childhood in the 1980's, and used it as a life saver during his tumultuous adolescence of the 1990's. Matt began to share his poetry and encourage others to use it as a coping tool in his career field as a youth development professional... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Breaking Up With America
In this work shop, we will address idealized notions of the American Dream by looking at the way we talk about romance. We will look at break-up poems & poems about colonization & poems about "making it." How is America romanticized? How can some immigrant stories be compared to heartbreak? Students will write their own break-up poems to America.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken-word poet & educator living in Boston. She has previously been published in Electric Cereal, Michrochondria, & the Guardian. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion and a Brenda Moosey Video Slam Winner.Sample Poem:If you ask me if I am fluent in Spanish... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Dude, Where's My Poem? Poetry of Place
Canada. Texas. Disneyland. It is interesting to think how the places we've lived in, visited, or just driven through influence our lives in big and small ways. Setting is often a big component in poetry; it can set up a story you're telling, show you a part of yourself you'd never known before, or the whole poem can be a reaction to that setting. I like to think of setting as a fluid term that not only describes environmental factors, such as city, or landscape, but also includes people, language, regional customs, etc. Poetry of place can help you understand what a setting has added to your person and what you contribute to it as well.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Plascencia

Cynthia Plascencia

Cynthia Plascencia is a third-year MFA poetry student at the University of New Hampshire. She received B.A. in English – Creative Writing from the University of Houston in 2010. Currently she serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the online literary journal, Barnstorm. Her poems can... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Ekphrastic Poetry: Adventuring Outside the Frame
This workshop will explore poems as responses to visual art. We’ll use paintings as generative materials to begin poems that’ll wander off the canvas, and venture somewhere new, and unexpected.

Speakers
avatar for Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He's an MFA candidate at UMass Boston, where he teaches. Brenda Shaughnessy selected his poem “Ode to Tongue” for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology. He's the winner of the Mary Doyle Curran Creative Writing... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Getting Lost in Translations
There are infinite ways to define a poem. For this workshop, we will play with many definitions that speak to the transformative power a poem contains. It is a magic trick, for example, or a ritual of transmutation. We will find the exchange rate for converting reality into words. For, as poets, we engage in translation routinely. Yet finding equivalents in one language for words in another is probably the least challenging form of translation we will attempt. Metaphor is only the most basic. In this workshop we will explore strategies to get at that ultimate form of alchemy we call the poem.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo

Headliner
Gregory Pardlo's ​collection​ Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Digest​ was al​so shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Getting to the First Draft
To be a writer is to sometimes know the unhappy predicament of being stuck between the desire to write and a first draft--how frustrating! Some writers may tell you there’s nothing more intimidating than a blank page. This workshop attempts to help you out of your writer's funk. With fun topic generating activities and form-writing exercises, you'll be well on your way to a first draft. You'll leave this workshop with an original poem and plenty of revision strategies to make your work even better.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Glavin

Kate Glavin

Kate Glavin received her M.A. in English Literature from the University of South Dakota in 2010. After teaching writing for several years, she is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston.


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Here and Now
This workshop will stress writing about real people and places, anchoring poems in the objective world--the friends, places, things we encounter, need, abuse, love, and....write poems about.

Speakers
avatar for John Ronan

John Ronan

John Ronan lives and works in Gloucester where he is a former Poet Laureate. He was also a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, 1999-2000. His last book, Marrowbone Lane, appeared in 2009 (Backwaters Press); Linda Pastan has called his work "Very good indeed: original... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Jump Starting Your Writing and Not Buying Into Writers Block
Do you believe in writers block? I don't, because even though you may have heard all about it, writers block only exists if you want it to. It's all about FEAR! Today's workshop will demonstrate how to work with prompts, either pictures or words, and what's the best way to workshop. 

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of twelve books of short fiction and poetry. His latest novel Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story (Big Table Publishing) was released in 2016. Coming in 2017 will be his first book of poetry since 2014 titled "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real". He has had over... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

ME: A Creative and Confidence Building Poetry Workshop
This is a poetry workshop where students will be given the liberty to creatively and positively express what it is to be themselves through the written and spoken word.  

Speakers
avatar for Neiel Israel

Neiel Israel

Neiel Israel is an internationally acclaimed poet, vocalist, and arts educator. Emerging from the Boston spoken-word scene, she quickly distinguished herself as a powerful, and lyrical poetic voice. With her captivating voice she is a five time Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Poetry as Activism
This workshop will explore the intersection of spoken word/performance poetry as activism. Through videos, discussion, writing and performance, we will examine the ways this craft may be used for whatever battles in which we find ourselves engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-based activist, spoken word artist, educator and musician. He is a two-time Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni and is currently a member of slam teams representing Berklee College of Music and The House Slam of the Haley House Bakery and Café in... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Poetry as Bewilderment with Nick Flynn
Frost would sometimes say at his readings that "poems are about what you don't mean as well as what you do mean." In our time together I would like to examine this idea by thinking about the concept of "bewilderment" and how it gets acted out in our poems—either through syntax, our accessing the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, unrealized. Or, as Aristotle puts it, "The mind in the act of making a mistake. . ." We will look for those moments we begin to stutter and stumble when talking about our poems, or in the poems themselves, for these are the thresholds beyond which is unknown, beyond which is the white space on the map. Over the course of our brief time together we will attempt to push a little deeper into this shadow world. Come prepared with paper and pen, we will generate some writing together. 

Speakers
avatar for Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn

Headliner
Nick Flynn’s “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two book of poetry, “Some Ether” (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Poetry That Talks Back
“You will ask: why does your poetry/not speak to us of sleep, of the leaves, of the great volcanoes of your native land?/Come and see the blood in the streets,/come and see/the blood in the streets,/come and see the blood/in the streets!”

-Pablo Neruda

Some ask, “Should poems be political?” Others answer, “If you’re paying attention, how can they be anything else?” 

In this workshop, we’ll read and write poems that want to change the world. Poems concerned not solely with language, but with vision. We’ll use words that are clear, concrete, and urgently direct; words that believe in the possibility of justice. That demand it! Our poems will respectfully (or not so respectfully) disagree. We’ll work on poems that witness; that create a record. Poems that know before you can change things, you must be willing to name them. We will read and write poems that speak for those who have been silenced. Poems that know how to listen, and when to talk back.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones  holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is assistant director of the Writers House. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2014 Rona... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Silly Image, Serious Thought
Sometimes sitting on a rock in silence doesn't bring enlightenment—but throwing a mud pie does. Go figure! In this workshop you'll see how being silly and playful with images can lead you to deeply personal and universal discoveries that, in turn, complete a poem. With a clown car as your transport, who knows, maybe you'll see the universe or travel the highways of your consciousness? And maybe we'll join you too.

Speakers
avatar for Noah Burton

Noah Burton

Noah Burton was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied philosophy and holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. His poems have appeared in Baldhip Magazine, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Surrendering to the Metaphor
In this workshop we will work on surrendering to the metaphor.

Speakers
avatar for Aja Monet

Aja Monet

Headliner
Harry Belafonte has called Aja Monet “The true definition of an artist.” An internationally established poet, singer, performer, and educator, Monet’s craft is an in-depth reflection of emotional wisdom, skill, and activism. The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

The Bop
Starting from free-writes, students will work toward crafting their own poems in the bop form invented by Afaa Michael Weaver. This workshop will challenge students to riff on existing song lyrics in order to present new perspectives on problems that concern them.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Zimmerman

Lori Zimmerman

Lori Zimmermann is a graduate student in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is also the Tumblr Editor for the guerrilla art and poetry project Broadsided Press. Her writing has recently been published in Paragraph Shorts, Broad!, and Window Cat.Sample... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

The Spaces We Become; The Places We Come From
Where do you come from? What places have you loved? What places have you tried to rid yourself of? In the course of this workshop, with a mix of prompts and exercises, we will work with the concept of place and its role in shaping who we are. We will hone in on what it means to depict our spaces through poetry, with a focus on portraying what we intend to portray rather than a strict set of guidelines. We will generate poems as variant as our voices and the places we speak from. 

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown is a poet and spoken word artist from Boston. She has been writing for the majority of her life. After graduating from Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, she returned to the area and began performing regularly in 2014. Since then, she has been featured at Stone... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

The Unlettered Muse
This will be a lively writing workshop for those of you who want to write without all the rules you never wanted to learn anyway. By using both surrealist and structured techniques, we will peep under the left and right sides of the brain and see what peeps back.

Speakers
avatar for Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

What I Was Mistaught About Dating 101
Using poems from Marie Howe and José Olivarez we will explore the roots of where we learn gender and relationships in childhood and create poems for our younger selves.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Henry Simon Bierenbaum

Jason Henry Simon Bierenbaum

Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum is a 3rd year poetry MFA candidate. His past teaching experience includes 3 years of teaching poetry at the Institute of Contemporary Art, a teaching artist residency for a student organization at Harvard University, and 4 years on the leadership team... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Writing from Memory / Writing with Metaphor
In this workshop, we will interrogate our own memories for writing ideas. With a focus on using concrete details and considering how metaphor works, we will use the details of a memory as a jumping off point for writing a poem.

Speakers
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Robert Sykora

Bob Sykora is a Creative Writing MFA student at UMass Boston. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, he has lived in Portland, Oregon, Northern Utah, and Chicago, Illinois where he studied education and worked as a high school teacher before moving to Boston to study poetry. He can't seem... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Writing From Your Stomach
In this generative workshop, students will learn the difference between writing from their heads--writing that is typically overwrought, "trying too hard," etc.--writing from their hearts--that mushy, abstract writing full of words like "love," "true," "soul," what have you--and writing from their stomachs, where they can train their inner bologna detector by crafting poems that utilize concrete details, objects, character, and sound.

Speakers
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Elysia Smith

Elysia Smith is a poet and aerialist from Indiana. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her writing can be found online at Split Lip, Tulip, Specter, Rust+Moth, and Elimae, or in print at Pank.Sample Poem:For CalamityAfter Mother’s deathwe... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
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10:35am EST

Writing Through Movement
There are 1,000 ways to start a poem. This is 1,001. In this workshop we will explore how to enter the writing using nothing more that what we were born with: our bodies. Yes, it might be uncomfortable, but nothing worth trying isn't.

Speakers
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Anthony Febo

Febo has been teaching, performing, and living poetry for the last 8 years. As a lover of theatre, he finds ways to interweave it into his workshops. He also does the same with dance, challenging cultural identity, and Kanye West lyrics.


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
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10:35am EST

Writing What You Didn't Know You Knew
You know how people keep telling you to write what you know? (If they haven't already, they certainly will.) It's good advice. But don't you want your writing to teach you something new? In this workshop, we'll look at some techniques (learned from the likes of John Cage, Anne Carson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Twitter, Siri) for making your language do weird and wonderful things. We'll make your words fall to pieces and piece themselves back together to make monsters.

Speakers
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Sam Cha

Sam Cha is a non-pseudonymous human with an MFA from UMass Boston. He lives and writes in Cambridge, MA. 


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA

10:35am EST

Written Words Spoken
In this workshop we'll explore poetry from it's conception and structure to its performance and delivery, and we'll experiment with different poetic forms and share our work with the class.

Speakers
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Matt Parker

Matt Parker has been an avid fan of poetry since his childhood in the 1980's, and used it as a life saver during his tumultuous adolescence of the 1990's. Matt began to share his poetry and encourage others to use it as a coping tool in his career field as a youth development professional... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am EST
TBA