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One Two Three Four: Stanza and Line with Martha Collins (via Zoom)
December 5, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree
Please note that this workshop is now sold out! Thanks for all the interest. If you want to be put on the waiting list for this workshop, or have questions about other workshop options, please email [email protected]
This four-hour workshop will begin with an hour-long discussion of several free-verse poems, with attention to their stanzas (one-line, couplet, tercet, quatrain) and lines (end-stopped and/or enjambed).
In addition to giving you some ideas for crafting new poems, this discussion may provide focus for our consideration of your own poems in the second part of the workshop.
Please e-mail a copy of one one-page poem that you’re not yet satisfied with to me at [email protected] by 5 pm on Wednesday, December 2.
This class is capped at 12 students. It will take place via Zoom. Zoom link instructions will be emailed at the time of registration. Please check spam filter and email [email protected] with questions.
Please note: The Altman Person of Color Scholarships are free and given on a first come, first served basis. Please only sign up for one class per month. Please notify us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend the class. We will then reopen the slot so another student may register. Thank you in advance for this consideration.
Martha Collins’ tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019) is a sequence of poems addressed to her husband following his unexpected death. Her previous volumes include two linked sequences, Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014, 2018), as well as three works that focus on race: Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). The latter won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library. Collins’ other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation, as well as two Ohioana awards, three Pushcart Prizes, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize. Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry and co-edited, with Kevin Prufer, Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (Graywolf, 2017). Other co-edited works include two volumes in the Unsung Masters Series and a collection of essays about the poet Jane Cooper. Founder of the Creative Writing Program at U.Mass.-Boston and former Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College, Collins currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her website is marthacollinspoet.com