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The After Poem: a Generative Craft Class with David Groff (via Zoom)

December 4, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Our poems exist in the context of poems already written. In this generative workshop, we’ll join the tradition of poets responding to the work of poets who came before us. We’ll select certain poems from our personal canon that we converse and contend with. And we’ll write and discuss our own “after” poems—poems that reply to, recast, revise, reinforce, rebut, renew, reject, and reinvent those poems that inspire or bother us. We’ll see already-published poems as entries into ekphrasis, taking their art and creating our own art out of them, making them new again for new readers, on our own terms. The result will be poems that transcend imitation, homage, and critique to become truly original and immediate, truly our own.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and capped at 15. Link will be sent to email you use to register at the time of registration and again the day before the class. Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC. Scholarship information will be available for this class in July and applications are due on August 15, 2022.

David Groff has written two books of poetry: Clay (Trio House Press, 2013), which received the Louise Bogan Award, and Theory of Devolution (University of Illinois Press, 2002), selected for the National Poetry Series. He has co-edited two anthologies, the Lambda Literary-award winning Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners (Wisconsin, 2013) and Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (Alyson, 2010). Formerly a senior editor at Crown, David is an independent editor and publishing consultant, focusing on narrative nonfiction, poetry, and literary and popular fiction, working directly with authors, literary agents, and publishers. Authors he has edited have been published by Basic Books, Farrar Straus, HarperCollins, Hachette, Morrow, Oxford, Penguin Press, St. Martin’s, Simon & Schuster, and Wiley, among other houses. Since 2007, David has taught poetry, nonfiction, and publishing in the MFA creative writing program of the City College of New York.

Photo Credit: Henry Lee



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December 4, 2022
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
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Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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