Jeff Worley has lived in Lexington since 1986, and is the author of four books and four chapbooks of poetry, as well as a recently published anthology from University Press of Kentucky titled What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets. His first book, The Only Time There Is (Mid-List Press, 1995), won Mid-List’s yearly first-book competition. His second Mid-List book, Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern, was named winner of the Society of Midland Authors Literary Competition, was awarded the 2006 Kentucky Book of the Year in Poetry, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His two other book-length collections were published by Larkspur Press. Worley has received three Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, among other awards. He has been a featured author on KET’s “Book Club” and also served as the Carnegie Center’s Writer-in-Residence in 1991-1992. His poems have appeared in nearly 500 literary magazines and journals, including Poetry Northwest, Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and The Missouri Review. Jeff published two new books in 2013: Driving Late to the Party: The Kansas Poems, from Woodley Press, and A Little Luck, which won the 2012 X.J. Kennedy Prize from the Texas Review Press.
Required text: What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets (available for purchase at Black Swan Books or from the instructor directly)
With Jeff Worley.
Spend some time in a workshop setting writing new poems, revising old ones, and sharing your work with others in class. We will work on the basic stuff of poetry: imagery, the use of sound to fortify meaning, lineation, and various approaches to formal structure, as well as the free-verse poem. We’ll support each other to improve drafts of poems and discuss various aspects of the contemporary poem.
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