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On Ramps, Off Ramps, and Line Breaks: A Craft Talk with Julie E. Bloemeke (via Zoom)

September 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


How do poets implement line breaks to establish immediacy and verisimilitude in a poem?  In revision, how does the poet know when end words start to feel self-conscious?  How do poem openings and closings work together to both invite in and send off the reader?  How do line lengths serve to create conversation within the poem?  Join us as we look at a suite of contemporary poems that make us rethink how openings, closings, and line breaks can propel the work forward.  Please bring a notebook and pen; part of our time together will be devoted to a generative exercise designed to experiment with fresh ideas about how lines can work.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom. Class is capped at 15 students. You will receive the link as soon as you register for class and in a reminder email the day before class. It will be sent to the email address you use to register.  Please check spam/promotions filters or email [email protected] with questions. Please read our course policy page before you register. The scholarship application for this class will be available in August.

Julie E. Bloemeke’s first full-length collection of poetry, Slide to Unlock, debuted with Sibling Rivalry Press in March 2020. A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bloemeke earned her MA in American Literature from the University of South Carolina–where she was a Ramsaur Fellow–and her MFA in poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Cortland Review, Pine Hills Review, Crab Orchard Review, Muse/A Journal, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Poet Lore, and others. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in a number of anthologies including: Mother Mary Comes to Me: A Popculture Poetry Anthology, The Pandemic Poetry Anthology, A Constellation of Kisses, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, The Great Gatsby Anthology, The Sense of the Midlands, The Nancy Drew Anthology, The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume V: Georgia and the My Cruel Invention Anthology, among others.

In addition to serving as a literary docent with the Toledo Museum of Art, she was the inaugural Poetry Director for the Milton Literary Festival in Georgia in 2016. She was also the 2020 judge for the Robert V. Morea III Poetry Prize through Georgia State University and served as the 2021 judge for the Bryon Herbert Reece International Poetry Award. She recently co-edited a tribute issue of Limp Wrist for Dolly Parton’s 75th birthday in January 202 and is a proud native of Toledo, Ohio.



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Zoom Craft Class JB
$ 124.00
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September 24
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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