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Writing a Pantoum with Lauren Camp via Zoom

January 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


The ancient pantoum is the ideal form for writing about the past. With a little direction, even uncertain writers are eased into shaping their crystalline memories, and more experienced writers will have the chance to delve into subjects that might not have opened up for them before.

In this workshop, Lauren will offer brief historical background on the form, then lead students in an idea-generating exercise that will produce the raw material for each student’s unique pantoum. She will also provide tips for how to craft a good pantoum line—a line that can shift in meaning over the course of the poem.

Students will begin to see the juxtaposition and reverberation of sound and themes. Excitement builds quickly as students follow the form through to its ending. We may also look at other structures that can widen a poet’s perspective.

Open to all levels.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom. Link will be sent to the 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 on November 15 and applications are due on December 15, 2022.

Lauren Camp is the Poet Laureate of New Mexico and author of seven poetry collections, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press, 2020), An Eye in Each Square (River River Books, 2023) and Worn Smooth Between Devourings (NYQ Books, 2023). Her honors include a Dorset Prize and finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award and Adrienne Rich Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Poet Lore, and her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, and Arabic. She is a senior fellow for Black Earth Institute and was Astronomer in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park in 2022. www.laurencamp.com­


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January 28
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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