Imposter Monster: A Poetry Workshop for Beginners (or Non-Poets)

Member Price: $22 / General Public: $25

Deadline to Register: November 16, 5 pm

Instructor: July Westhale

Are you new to the study of poetry? Maybe you think it’s all rhyme and meter, you have a bad taste in your mouth from grade school, or you’ve always been poetry-curious but a little too afraid to try. This workshop is for you! In this workshop, we will take a look at our own individual ideas of what poetry is (versus the industry or academy); the basics of poetry (line, white space, what rhyme and meter have historically been used for); and how you might redefine your own relationship to poetic writing. We will read work by Joy Harjo, Linda Gregg, and Diane Seuss.

July Westhale is an essayist, translator, and the award-winning author of five collections of poetry: Trailer Trash, Occasionally Accurate Science, The Cavalcade, Quantifiable Data, and, most recently, Via Negativa. Her most recent work can be found in McSweeney’s, The National Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, CALYX, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. When she’s not teaching, she works as a co-founding editor of PULP Magazine.