Faculty & Featured Poets

The 201 Festival Faculty includes poetry writing workshop faculty: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, Phillis Levin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Tim Seibles, and Special Guest, Coleman Barks. Conference Faculty includes: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, and Nickole Brown. Performance events will feature Elizabeth Acevedo and George Yamazawa. The festival will be held for the 14th year at Old School Square in Delray Beach Florida, January 15-20, 2018. Join us for another extraordinary week of poetry, poets, and poetry events.

 

Workshop Faculty
LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR
LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, of Small Gods of Grief, which won the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry, and of A New Hunger selected as an ALA Notable ... Read more >
TWELVE STEPS TOWARD REVISION with LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR
This very interactive workshop focuses on how to strengthen and hone your revision skills by systematically and individually addressing all the elements of a poem including structure, tone, line-breaks, form, syntax, sounds, and more. I will also give prompts or exercises to do during the week or later at home.  Mostly, this workshop should be inspiring, motivating and fun – so bring your sense of humor, imagination and three poems that need work.  Please also bring a poem, not written by you, that you particularly love. Please bring fifteen 5 x 8 index cards & 17 copies of your poems. ... Read more >
GABRIELLE CALVOCORESSI
GABRIELLE CALVOCORESSI is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is an Editor at Large at Los ... Read more >
POEMS FOR THE FIRST AND LAST DAY OF THE WORLD with GABRIELLE CALVOCORESSI
Workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
CHARD deNIORD
CHARD deNIORD is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), and Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). ... Read more >
ALL THINGS COUNTER, ORIGINAL, SPARE, STRANGE with CHARD deNIORD
This workshop will combine generative prompts and close critiquing of at least three poems by each student. We will focus on the lyric and lyrical narrative, concentrating in particular on “the news that stays news” in a world that has become inundated with news. We will entertain such questions as: what is the nature of the postmodern lyric? How best to incorporate information into the lyric? Can the parts of a lyric in today’s synchronic environment still resonate as transcendent “broken music”? In our attempts to capture a fresh voice and electric economy, we will explore innovative ways in received ... Read more >
BETH ANN FENNELLY
BETH ANN FENNELLY, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at the University of Mississippi. Her first book of poetry, Open House, won the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize and the Great Lakes College ... Read more >
SOUND, SYNTAX, STANZA, MAGIC, NUTS AND BOLTS with BETH ANNE FENNELLY
This all-levels, intensive, interactive course will combine craft classes with generative prompts and in-class writing.  Our goal will be to leave our time together with four new drafts, one of which will be workshopped, and enhanced skills to create astonishing poems. Day 1: Four Ways Poets Can Use Sound to Make Meaning; Assignment: Sound Poem. Day 2: Syntax and Diction.  Assignment: Syntax Poem. Day 3: The Line, the Stanza, the Page.  Assignment:, Kinesology Poem.Day 4: The Magic of Metaphor, Assignment: Metaphor Poem. Day 5: Nuts and Bolts. Workshop and Discussion of Revision, Publication, and What Comes Next. Read more >
ROSS GAY
ROSS GAY was born on August 1, 1974 in Youngstown, Ohio. He received a BA in English/Art from Lafayette College, an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and a PhD in English from Temple University.He ... Read more >
MAKING A WAY TOGETHER with ROSS GAY
Workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
RODNEY JONES
RODNEY JONES’s Salvation Blues is his eighth book of poetry, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, 2007. Previous collections include Kingdom of the Instant: Poems (2004); Elegy for the Southern Drawl (1999); Things That Happen ... Read more >
REALPOETICS with RODNEY JONES
This workshop will focus on language fueled by necessity and the intention to  characterize what is genuine. In critiques we will study how each poem sounds, its individual noise and music. Does it speak to us? What precision, passion, and original behavior  qualify it as singular?  In critiques, participants should be forthright, but never neglect great stuff, and never settle for consensus. We are here to encourage and to have serious fun. Aside from close critiques, each class will feature readings, writing exercises, and discussions of individual process, revision, flow, and poem generation.  Participants should submit 4-7 poems in advance ... Read more >
PHILLIS LEVIN
PHILLIS LEVIN was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, and educated at Sarah Lawrence College and The Johns Hopkins University. From 1989 to 2001 she was a full-time member of the creative writing faculty at ... Read more >
VOICE & VISION with PHILLIS LEVIN
What gives texture, momentum, and character to a poem? Together we focus on drafting and revising new work while exploring key elements of the craft: dynamics of lineation, the power of syntax, realms of the stanza, the drama of rhetorical form. We consider each poem as an ecosystem and critique all work in that light. Most of class time is spent discussing your own poems, forces at play within: rhythm, diction, image, figure, tone. We begin each day’s workshop by reading several touchstone poems whose strategies, when internalized, spur stylistic development and open unforeseen ways of sounding/shaping/re-envisioning what you compose. ... Read more >
AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL
AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL is Professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia, where she teaches creative writing and environmental literature. Recent honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the ... Read more >
MAKING POEMS THAT SNAP, CRACKLE, AND POP with AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL
Building upon Audre Lorde’s idea that “the sharing of joy…forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference,” we will spend our time in workshop generating poems that sing and celebrate the various big and small delights of this earth. We will also discuss each other’s poems in workshop and each day learn a new poetic practice to help keep you generating new work long after you return home. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and dig in! Submit 1 ... Read more >
TIM SEIBLES
TIM SEIBLES is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His first book, Body Moves, (1988) has just been re-released by Carnegie Mellon U. Press in their Contemporary Classics ... Read more >
2018 WORKSHOP WITH TIM SEIBLES
Description forthcoming. Read more >
Special Guest
COLEMAN BARKS
Coleman Barks, born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, went to school at the University of North Carolina and the University of California, Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty ... Read more >
Conference Faculty
SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN
SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College. She received her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence e in 2002. Her poems have appeared in  Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, the NYT, Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $99, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity! You may submit an application between now and November 21, 2016.         Conferences are ... Read more >
NICKOLE BROWN
NICKOLE BROWN’s books include her debut, Sister, a novel-in-poems (Red Hen Press, 2007) and Fanny Says, a biography-in-poems of her grandmother to be published by BOA Editions in May 2015. She studied at Oxford University ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $99, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity! You may submit an application between now and November 21, 2016.         Conferences are ... Read more >