Current Events
Monday, January 10th, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm

All workshops meet in designated virtual classrooms for a one-hour organization and introductions session. Read more >

Monday, January 10th, 2022 8:00pm - 10:00pm

          Don’t miss the literary prowess of our Conference Faculty Poets: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs and Angela Narciso Torres. One of the highlights of last year’s festival. Virtual book signings will follow the reading in Murder On The Beach, our Festival Virtual Bookstore. Read more >

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm

“The world is what we perceive and half create…” with Mark Doty The phrase I’ve used as a title for this talk is from Wordsworth, who’s thinking here about how subjective perception is, and how our expectations, values and emotions shape what we see and hear. A central part of poetry’s work is the attempt to capture in language something of how it feels to be alive. How does that happen? Through every aspect of the poet’s craft, of course — but one key element is the representation of perception. In this talk we’ll look at some exemplary poems that model consciousness by revealing perception as a dynamic process, … Read more >

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Yusuf Komunyakka, 2022 Special Guest Poet, will discuss his life, poetry and whatever else Laure-Anne Bosselaar, poet, permanent workshop faculty and consummate interviewer, manages to draw from this gifted poet. Do expect to be surprised and delighted.   Read more >

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 8:00pm - 10:00pm

  This year’s Kick-Off Faculty Reading features Kim Addonizio, Chard deNiord and Matthew Olzmann. Conference Faculty Poet Lorna Knowles Blake will introduce the poets. Kim and Matthew recently published new poetry collections, so prepare to be wowed. Virtual book signings will follow the reading in Murder On The Beach, our Festival Virtual Bookstore. Read more >

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm

  Yes, And: Poems of Inquiry and Fruition with Yona Harvey How do we meet the goals for our poems without abandoning the scared and mysterious qualities within us, within our artistic practices, and within the poems themselves? Perhaps the answer lies in investigating our goals and their origin stories: Are they rooted in “sources of power and care” or in a facile acceptance of what we’ve been told we should be writing? Though not religious in nature, this talk will draw upon a few sacred texts and writings of spiritual thinkers. Poems by Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, Cherene Sherrard, … Read more >

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Special Guest Poet Yusef Komunyakaa will deliver the Thomas Lux Memorial Reading. You won’t want to miss one word of his brilliant poems infused with his distinctive voice, a performance and presence impossible to diminish, even in the virtual world. Poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar will introduce the distinguished poet, whose new collection, Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth, New and Selected Poems 2001-2021, was released in June by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. “This dazzling collection makes a definitive case for the Pulitzer Prize–winning Komunyakaa as a monumental and singular American voice,” according to Publishers Weekly. “A jazzy master of enjambment and arresting … Read more >

Thursday, January 13th, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lipstick on the Canon: Addonizio and Seuss on the Sonnet Kim Addonizio and Diane Seuss will turn their attention to modern and contemporary practitioners of the sonnet in order to consider how the sonnet specifically, and traditional forms generally, can be adopted, adapted, and upended for the poet’s own provocative purposes. What counts, in contemporary practice, as a sonnet? How might the sonnet’s historical, canonical presence hold us up as we embark on our riskiest excursions? For whom is formal practice also transgressive rebellion, and how can we court transgression in our own work? Addonizio and Seuss will speak to … Read more >

Thursday, January 13th, 2022 8:00pm - 10:00pm

  This year’s Mid-Week Faculty Reading features Yona Harvey, John Murillo and Mark Doty. Conference Faculty Poet Jessica Jacobs will introduce these brilliant poets whose singular voices have earned them critical praise and multiple awards. Virtual book signings will follow the reading in Murder On The Beach, our Festival Virtual Bookstore. Tickets will be available for purchase soon on our website. Read more >

Friday, January 14th, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm

  The Vale of Soul-Making with Chard deNiord “Call the world, if you please, “the Vale of Soul Making”. … wrote John Keats. How does poetic expression emerge exactly, and often ironically, in the act of “acquiring identities”? How do we infuse poetic language with a verbal magic for which there is no one set of rules? I will discuss poems by James Wright, Ruth Stone, Li-Young Lee, Natasha Trethewey, Russell Edson, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Emily Dickinson that transmit verbal electricity in both language and silences. Microcosm and Macrocosm with Matthew Olzmann Perhaps a poet is attempting to write … Read more >