Faculty & Featured Poets

This year’s Festival Faculty includes poetry writing workshop faculty: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Tina Chang, Lynn Emanuel, Daisy Fried, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Carl Phillips, Martha Rhodes, and Special Guest Charles Simic. Conference Faculty includes: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Performance events feature The Mayhem Poets, Mason Granger & Scott Raven. Scroll down for 2017 faculty bios and workshop descriptions:

Apply to attend a workshop and join us in Delray Beach, January 16-21, 2017 for an extraordinary week of world-class poetry events.

Workshop Faculty
DAVID BAKER
DAVID BAKER is the author of eleven books of poetry, recently Scavenger Loop (Norton 2015) and Never-Ending Birds, which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. His five books of prose include Show Me Your ... Read more >
POETRY INSIDE OUT with DAVID BAKER
Together we’ll work on your poems inside and out in hands-on, line by line discussion of at least three poems from each participant. To shape our conversation and study, bring three relatively short poems-in-progress: a confessional or autobiographical poem; an erotic, social, collective, or political poem; a nature poem.  One focused on self, one about “the other” or others, and one whose concern is less with people and more with nature or a natural entity.  The categories are general, so don’t worry. During the week I’ll add exercises, prompts for writing and strategies for revision, and bring poems as examples—old and contemporary, ... Read more >
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 >
WAIT… LET ME REPHRASE THIS with LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR
This very inter-active workshop will focus on revision and techniques: how can we acquire the tools we need to revise poems on our own? Many aspiring and even experienced poets find it challenging to revise their work without the help of a workshop group or mentor. Participants will learn how to strengthen and sharpen their revision skills which will — systematically and in depth — address the craft elements of a poem: form, syntax, tone, metaphor, images, line-breaks, titles, closure, etc. I will also offer prompts and exercises. Please bring three poems of yours that need help, that you feel ... Read more >
TINA CHANG
TINA CHANG was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry Of Gods & Strangers (2011) and Half-Lit Houses (2004). She ... Read more >
THE SENSUAL FORM with TINA CHANG
This workshop is intended for writers who are interested in sensual detail (relating to or drawing from the five senses) with the understanding that poetry cannot exist without spirit, soul, shadow, duende, intuition. During first half of the class we practice traditional forms such as the sonnet, ghazal, pantoum and during the second half of the class we will move toward modernized and invented forms: the contemporary zuihitsu, erasure, and hybrid forms combining poetry and visual art, all the while moving toward your own individualized form(s). During our discussions we will explore poetic devices, formal strategies, structure, rhythm, and sound. ... Read more >
LYNN EMANUEL
Lynn Emanuel is the author of five books of poetry: Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then, Suddenly—, Noose and Hook, and most recently, The Nerve of It:  New and Selected Poems.   Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, ... Read more >
OBSESSIONAL POETICS: NO ONE WRITES JUST ONE POEM with LYNN EMANUEL
In this workshop, we will focus on clusters of poems. We will examine the ways, consciously or not, our poems return to a place, person, image, word, line/sentence construction, or a form of expression. What can these repetitions teach us about our poems? How can we mine these repetitions, these obsessions, for new work? How might we subvert or delve more deeply into our own habits? Rather than looking at numerous single poems each meeting, we will look at a fewer number of poem clusters and spend a longer period of time on each. Participants will send 4-5 poems in ... Read more >
DAISY FRIED
DAISY FRIED is the author of three books of poetry: Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), named by Library Journal one of the five best poetry books of 2013, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (University of ... Read more >
WRITING POEMS THAT DON’T FIT with DAISY FRIED
The best poetry often doesn’t fit into any stylistic mode, and uses what techniques it needs as it finds them. In this workshop, we’ll discuss your existing poems with supportive frankness. You’ll also generate new work which you’ll submit to daily “kamikaze” revision techniques, and read relevant work by modern and contemporary poets, as we consider—in magpie spirit, embracing confusion as a way to work towards clarity—strategic, formal and thematic questions designed to provide focus but leave choices up to you. In workshopping at least four of your poems over the week (any combination of existing and new; bring four ... Read more >
TERRANCE HAYES
Terrance Hayes is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.  How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent  collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and ... Read more >
NEW SHADOWS: READING TO WRITE with TERRANCE HAYES
This workshop will offer concrete strategies for writing when the only teacher available is a book. We will explore the ways “reading to write” can result in new poems. During the week we will look at how an assortment of poems “shadow,” imitate, and are in conversation with other poems and other forms (music, film, journalism). Most importantly, inventive imitations and transformations will be generated in response to the reading. Come prepared to generate and share work written in class. In workshops poems will be discussed not for their merit as imitations, but for their originality and potential. No advance submission ... Read more >
DORIANNE LAUX
DORIANNE LAUX is the author of five poetry collections, most recently, The Book of Men, (2012) winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award. She is the co-author ... Read more >
THE POET’S CRAFT: USING WHAT’S AT HAND with DORIANNE LAUX
This primarily generative workshop will use selected poems by this year’s festival faculty and special guest poet as inspiration, models, and guides for our own writing. What we have at hand (in person!) during the festival week is already inspiring. This workshop will go further. We will look closely at each poem to divine craft elements such as structure and strategy, diction and rhythm, sound and pattern, subject and style. Bring a notepad, journal or laptop and be prepared to come away with some freshly minted drafts.  In addition, please send to me, in advance, two of your existing poems, ... Read more >
CARL PHILLIPS
CARL PHILLIPS is the author of thirteen books of poems, most recently Reconnaissance (FSG, 2015) and Silverchest (FSG, 2013).  Phillips has also published two books of prose, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination, and ... Read more >
MAKING POEMS FROM THE WAY POEMS WORK with CARL PHILLIPS
A poem is not a car, but looking under a poem’s hood can be useful. Looking at five to six techniques as employed in the poems I’ll distribute during the week, we will use those techniques both as ways to generate new poems of our own, and as a way to revitalize and re-see drafts of poems-in-progress. By week’s end, we will have brought those poems-in-progress to completion or close to, and we will leave with new work, either finished or ready for revision. A handout of reading will be provided by the instructor at the first session. Please bring ... Read more >
MARTHA RHODES
MARTHA RHODES is the author of five collections of poetry: At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance (Green Rose Prize), Mother Quiet, The Beds, and The Thin Wall (forthcoming in 2017). Her poems have been published in ... Read more >
ESTABLISHING, SUSTAINING & SHIFTING POETIC TONE: REVISION with MARTHA RHODES
This workshop will focus on how we establish, sustain and shift tone in our poems. We will look at each poem presented with an eye toward diction, punctuation, line, stanza, pacing, etc. and how these craft elements influence the realization of our poems. We will also look at handouts of poems during our week together and there will be some in-class writing.  Participants will submit 5 poems not to exceed 10 pages total by email in a single word document, in advance of the workshop by December 20th at the latest. We may not discuss all five poems but you ... Read more >
Special Guest
CHARLES SIMIC
CHARLES SIMIC, the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States (2007-2008), was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938, and immigrated to the United States in 1953 at the age of 15. He has lived in ... 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 >
GINGER MURCHISON
GINGER MURCHISON together with Thomas Lux, founded POETRY at TECH, where she served as associate director five years and has been one of its McEver Visiting Chairs in Poetry since 2009. A three-time Pushcart nominee, she ... 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 >
Performance Poets
MASON GRANGER
Originally from Philly, raised in Willingboro, and currently living in Queens NYC, Mason Granger has been a full-time member of the performance poetry trio The Mayhem Poets since 2005.  With a style that’s equal parts smart and ... Read more >
SCOTT RAVEN
A graduate of Rutgers University with a double degree in Acting and Journalism, Scottt Raven co-founded The Mayhem Poets. His performance work has been featured by Fiat, Purina, CNN, and The Today Show.  His written work ... Read more >