Writing poems is discovery on paper, and good poems surprise and delight the poet as much as anyone. In this workshop you will try on a variety of styles and forms on the way to finding your own poetic voice. We will read poems together and use them as starting points for your own work, both in and out of class. The goal is for you to come away from the class with a portfolio of favorite poems–poems discovered in reading, discovered in writing. Prepare to cast aside your inner critic and write a lot! Required text: A Poetry Handbook, by Mary Oliver.
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About Ann Quinn
Ann Quinn’s chapbook, Final Deployment, was published by Finishing Line Press (2018). Her poetry has appeared in journals including Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Little Patuxent Review, and Broadkill Review. Ann holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University, and is poetry editor for Yellow Arrow Journal. More about her at: www.annquinn.net.
Teaching Style: Ann brings the skill of close observation that enlivens her poetry to her work as a teacher, holding up a helpful mirror to each student’s unique gifts. In the words of a long-time student, “Ann leads her writers with the lightest touch. They do the work, but it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like love.”
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