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What’s in a Word? A Craft Class & Workshop with Martha Collins (via Zoom)
May 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm$124.00
For the first hour of this workshop, I’ll present and discuss some published poems that call our attention to single words: poems that build on a single word, that “play” with words, that repeat words, that omit words, that listen to words. And also some poems “about” words. The remainder of the workshop will be devoted to a discussion of your work. Please send a poem of no more than one page to me at [email protected] by Thursday, May 12th at noon.
This class is capped at 12 students. It will take place via Zoom. Zoom link instructions will be emailed at the time of registration and again the day of the class. Please check spam filter and email [email protected] with questions.
Please note: Scholarship information for this class will be available on January 15th. Please see our scholarship page for details.
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