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The Water Songs: A Virtual One-Day Poetry Workshop  with Fred Marchant

November 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $124

This class is now SOLD OUT! Thanks for all the interest. If you would like to be put on the waiting list or have additional about our workshop offerings, please contact [email protected]

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom. The first hour will be a craft talk and there will be up to 4 hours of workshopping. This class is capped at 15 students. There are two Altman POC Scholarships given on a first come, first served basis. Please remember not to sign up for more than one per month. Please tell us ASAP if your plans change and you can no longer use the seat. We will open up the scholarship to someone else. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this!

I love the broad, burly Hudson river as it flows outside the windows of the Hudson Valley Writers Center. It makes me think of the myriad ways in which water is present in our lives. I think of the rivers and streams, currents and tides, that flow all around us. I also think of waves and storms, rains and mists, snow, and ice. Then one cannot help but think of the river of time, or the stream of consciousness.  We might also think of the creatures that live underwater, from coral fans to rainbow trout to humpback whales. We might remember too that we humans are creatures of water, with blood and tears as salty as the sea. We cannot forget that we are living through an ecological crisis, and that water itself is so often endangered by human actions. Our workshop will last for five-hours. In the first hour I will give a craft talk in which I will examine some of the ways other poets have written their own water songs.” The rest of our afternoon will be devoted to a group discussion of your poems. On the day before we meet, I will ask each of you to circulate via email a copy of one poem (limit one full page) to the other members of our workshop. I will also circulate a handout to go along with my craft talk. Looking forward to seeing you soon, beside our virtual Hudson River.

Fred Marchant’s most recent collection of poetry, Said Not Said, was published by Graywolf Press in 2017, and was recently designated as an “Honored Book”  by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Marchant’s first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. His other books include Full Moon Boat (Graywolf, 2000). and House on Water, House in Air (Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2002) and The Looking House (Graywolf, 2009). He is also a co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of collections by several contemporary Vietnamese poets, including work by Tran Dang Khoa, Vo Que, and Le Chi.  Marchant is the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf, 2008). He has had new poems in journals such as The Baffler, Pangyrus, and Solstice, and has new work forthcoming in Consequence, Maintenant, Plume, Passengers Journal. An Emeritus professor of English at Suffolk University, and founding director of the Poetry Center at Suffolk, Marchant was the 2009 co-winner (with Afaa Michael Weaver) of the New England Poetry Club’s May Sarton Award, given to poets whose work “is an inspiration to other writers.” 


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November 15, 2020
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $124
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States