WELCOME TO THE HVWC CALENDAR: home of all our upcoming readings, events and workshops. You can view by list or calendar (see right menu to choose). Click the colored tabs below to show only specific options. Our workshops run as multi-session series or one-day “intensives.” Note, we list the multi-session courses on the first day they meet only. The full dates of the session are described in the course descriptions. You would need to scroll back to the start date if you needed to enroll for something already underway. But do let us know if you want to join something in midstream since we need the blessing of the instructor. Questions? Email us.
We will work to demystify (and perhaps even enjoy) the submissions process by working with tangible reading strategies to help identify good homes for poems and package them according to written and unwritten guidelines. Along the way, this will also be a learning community within which to discuss the psychological oddities of submissions: what drives […]
What happens when a poem that follows a cohesive narrative takes an unexpected turn into startling metaphorical territory, with imagery that seems to come out of nowhere? How can surprise and disorientation help usher in the experience of epiphany and deeper insight? What are the creative purposes of this technique? What are the different types […]
How to Fall in Love with Poetry with Sean Singer will meet for six consecutive Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM EST via Zoom, November 7 - December 12. This class is about how to read a poem and fall in love with poetry. Close readings and class discussion that allows participants to really dig in and explore […]
The Merge: This six-week workshop will focus on how sound and structure in a poem can convey meaning, and how the line may function as both individual and integral unit. Each class will begin with a discussion of a single, brief poem by a major poet that demonstrates the merging of lineation and sound work […]
In this course, we will engage in critical discussions of craft, aesthetics, poetic traditions and contemporary modes of writing which will contribute to an ever-evolving understanding of the question: “what is a well-wrought, challenging, and or admirable poem and what makes it so?” This workshop will be focused primarily on craft (ie: syntax choices, linneation, […]
On the page and off, words are central to the way we build a world between ourselves and others. We imagine another’s interior and perform our own until we have created a third thing: a relationship—or the poem. Beyond the transformation of sound and sense, image and idea, the most essential metaphor of poetry is […]
The haibun, a poetic form popularized by Bashō in his 17th century travelog The Narrow Road to the Interior, consists of alternating passages of prose and haiku, a movement that embodies contrast, opening and occupying a liminal space between genres. Working across thresholds of form and content, the haibun embraces tension and offers poets a […]