Poetry Writing Classes

  • June 22, 2019

    Ecstatic Poetry

    With Brandon Thompson. As once practiced by the familiar poets Rumi and Hafiz, ecstatic poetry is, at its heart, a journey into the Divine within. It is a way of contacting our essence. By utilizing practices such as meditation and yoga, time in nature, inviting synchronicity, and more, this retreat will offer participants an opportunity to experience poetry writing as a visionary art. In addition to sharing in the work of classic ecstatic writers, participants will also survey mystical art and writing by more contemporary creators. Concepts will be introduced such as ec...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, June 22
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:45 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $40 for this class only; $75 for package
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class is offered as part of the Poetry Package, which also includes Publishing Poetry & Poetry Manuscripts and Slam Poetry. To register for the entire Poetry Package, click here.

  • July 11, 2019

    Writing Poetry

    With Sherry Chandler.  What is poetry anyway? Every poet has a unique definition and most shed little light on the mystery. The great 19th century poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, said “prose is words in the best order; poetry is the best words in the best order.” In this class we will study the building blocks of poetry–words–and the ways words, like Legos, can be combined into that peculiar combination of music and metaphor that, if we work hard and have some luck, make a poem. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for

  • July 13, 2019

    Publishing Poetry & Poetry Manuscripts

    With John James. So you’ve written a handful of poems—workshopped and polished them. Maybe you have a chapbook or full-length manuscript ready to go. But what do you do with it? This workshop will focus on practical aspects of poetry publishing: how to format your manuscript, what to include in your cover letter, and how to select magazines, journals, and presses for potential submission. We will concentrate primarily on poetry, but all are welcome. John James is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize (Milkweed, 2019)...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, July 13
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 for this class only; $75 for package
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class is offered as part of the Poetry Package, which also includes Ecstatic Poetry and Slam Poetry. To register for the entire Poetry Package, click here.

  • August 24, 2019

    Slam Poetry

    With JC McPherson. Join Affrilachian Poet JC McPherson as we explore the world of slam poetry. Through the viewing of other slam poets and presentations of original works, we will work develop a piece for performance. We will also take a look at breath control and connecting with the audience. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Slam Poetry.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, August 24
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 for this class only; $75 for package
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class is offered as part of the Poetry Package, which also includes Ecstatic Poetry and Publishing Poetry & Poetry Manuscripts. To register for the entire Poetry Package, click here.