• Mon
    Bemidji State University

    Beyond the Expected Poem

    A “successful” poem or series of poems sometimes traps us into repeating the formula.  How do we keep our poetry practice vital? If writing is inquiry, where do we look for unexpected questions that will enrich our poems? In this generative workshop, writers will set aside their comfortable habits and try new tools of inquiry, bend their forms and usual approaches to writing, and engage in unexpected “collaborations.” Our days will include writing exercises and prompts, discussion of excerpts from essays on poetics, and inspiration from the natural world. We will read a diverse range of poems as inspiration and with an eye on their architecture and method. As we share drafts and plan revisions, we will try to move beyond intention by following the energy of the image(s) and the detours of language. Participants should leave the workshop with a group of new poem drafts and a “bank” of ideas for further writing.

Kim at Returning the Gift Festival, 2012 in Milwaukee, Indian Summer Stage.

Kim at Returning the Gift Festival, 2012 in Milwaukee, Indian Summer Stage.


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  • Sat

    Write on Door County

    11:30am-1:00pm ESTOnline
    Contributors to the new international poetry anthology, "No More Can Fit into the Evening," will present a virtual reading. Edited by Wisconsin poet Thomas Davis and New Mexico poet Standing Feather, the volume is headlined by some of the most important poets writing in the world today, including Terence Winch, John Looker, Kimberly Blaeser, and James Janko.
    A second reading will be held Sunday, March 14 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. to accommodate varying time zones.
    The reading is free but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit:

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