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BASIC & BOLD—Uses of Contemporary Poetry Generative Workshop with Patricia Spears Jones on Zoom

July 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Free – $124
This Workshop is designed to engage participants with contemporary poets, many of whom are writers of color, and their different strategies to generate new work. The Workshop will be in two parts: #1.  Participants will look at poems in the packet and discuss the work of those poets with whom they unfamiliar.  #2.  We will use vocabulary from two or three of the poems to generate new work.

We will use poems as catalyst for new works. Poems by Joy Harjo, Gwendolyn Brooks, Marilyn Nelson, Lauren Camp, Gregory Pardlo, Brenda Cardenas, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Alicia Ostriker, Marilyn Chin, Mervyn Taylor, CA Conrad, Peter Covino, Natalie Diaz, Kathy Fish, Tyehimba Jess, Maureen Owen, Maria Negroni, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Jenny Xie, Kim Addonizio, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Rae Armantrout, David Rivard, and Walt Whitman may be included. Participants must be prepared to read and write, write and write.

At the end of this workshop, it is my hope that participants will have created poems that they feel good about and have learned about.
For advanced poets. 

There are two Altman Persons of Color Scholarships available given on a first come, first served basis to writers of color living in the United States. There are two need-based scholarships for writers living in the United States. Please register for no more than one free class every other month. Please notify HVWC immediately if your plans change and you will not be able to attend the class so we can give your space to another student. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation with this.

This class will be held on Zoom. Login instructions will arrive via email as soon as you register to whatever email address you use to register. Please check your spam or promotions folder and save the zoom link. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Patricia Spears Jones is a poet, writer, playwright, cultural critic, and winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. She is author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015) which was Finalist for the PSA’s William Carlos Williams Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and a featured Pushcart Prize winning poem.  She has 10 additional publications: poetry books, chapbooks and in anthologies such as Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon MartinBAX: Best American Experimental Writing, 20162017 Pushcart Prize XLI, Best of Small PressesTruth to Power: Writers Respond to The Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. 

She has received grants and awards from NYSCA, NEA, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and the BAU Institute for residency at Camargo Foundation in France. She has been a fellow at Robert Rauschenberg Residency and at VCCA, Yaddo, and the Millay Colony. She is also a recipient of a Goethe Institute grant for travel in Germany.  She will teach at Barnard College, Spring 2019 and has taught at CUNY College, including Hunter College and Queens College, and has taught at Adelphi University. She has been on faculty for summer programs at Fine Arts Work Center, Community of Writers, Naropa University and University of Rhode Island. She has led workshops at Poets House, the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, and she curated WORDS SUNDAY at Calabar Imports featuring Brooklyn-based poets including Nicole Peyrafitte, Gregory Pardlo, Alexis DeVeaux, Nicole Hefner Callihan, Terence Degnan, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Janice Lowe, Tai Allen and Michael Broder. She is a Black Earth Institute senior fellow emeritus and organizer of American Poets Congress. www.psjones.com


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July 11
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States