Events, 2018


WORKSHOPS & EVENTS CALENDAR, 2018

Poetry is knowledge, salvation, power, abandonment. An operation capable of changing the world, poetic activity is revolutionary by nature; a spiritual exercise, it is a means of interior liberation. Poetry reveals this world; it creates another.                                                             -Octavio Paz


 Event Archives 2017

 

JANUARY



RANCHOS DE TAOS, NEW MEXICO

The 6th Annual  Mind of Winter Springs Open!  

 Poem-A-Day Poetry Writing Workshop”

  • Dates: Friday, January 5 – Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Times: Daily, 12 noon – 3:00 pm, for One Week
  • Location: Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Description This poetry-writing event is meant to help us create, as poet Robert Hass says, poems that are “stronger and truer than ever before.” We will meet each day to share poems written within the previous 24 hours. At our first meeting, you’ll be offered a series of prompts toward the creation of a new poem. After that, you’ll bring the first draft of a new poem to our workshop each day. At the end of each workshop you’ll be provided with a magic packet to draw from, if you wish, for the inspiration of your next poem. You will be free to use the suggestions from the packets in whatever way you wish, or not at all. We’ll engage in a craft discussion of hand-out poems each day and you’ll be eligible for one 15 minute private session with Sawnie to discuss your poems. Writers at all levels of writing experience are welcome.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE IN the WORKSHOP AND/OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US


HOUSTON, TEXAS

A POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP, with Sawnie Morris

  • Date:  Saturday, January 27th, 2018
  • Times:  10am-3:00pm
  • Location:  Houston, Texas

Description:  Poetry for Prose Readers & Other Lovers of Language.  What happens to us when we read a poem – when we are moved and we find it hard to say why? What has the poet done to orchestrate language in such a way as to create a meaningful experience in us, her readers? In this workshop we’ll read a selection of poems for that meaningful experience, for how the poems make us feel, what they cause us to ponder. Then we’ll go back and look at each poem the way a poet does, navigating her craft. We’ll also experiment with doing a little writing of our own, just for fun! Bring a notebook and a pen with which you enjoy writing.

TO REGISTER AND/OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US


 

FEBRUARY



PORTLAND, OREGON

WRITING WORKSHOP at LITERARY ARTS

THE MAGIC OF THE POETIC LINE: A generative workshop in which we explore the craft of line breaks and other visual and auditory experiences

  • Date:  Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018
  • Times: 10am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington, Portland, Oregon

DescriptionPart of what makes poetry a magical art is the poet’s ability to orchestrate language in a way that creates an unforgettable experience in a reader. Line breaks, spacing, and punctuation provide cues intrinsic to that orchestration. How do we determine when and why to break the lines in our poems?  How might visual spacing or punctuation further reveal a poem’s meanings? We’ll consider a sampling of exciting free-verse possibilities available to us in the shaping of our poems and we’ll write, keeping in mind that every turn of the line is a turn toward deeper meaning.

This workshop will include a lunch/writing break from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US


DENVER, COLORADO

LIGHTHOUSE WRITERS WORKSHOPS

REVISION, REVISION, REVISION: AN ADVANCED POETRY WRITNG WORKSHOP

  • Date:  Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Times10 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Lighthouse Writers Workshops, 1515 Race Street, Denver, Colorado

DescriptionWhat we see, we see, and seeing is changing,” wrote Adrienne Rich. The poet Brenda Hillman revises her poems by hand 100 times before transcribing to the computer. Alan Ginsberg sung in praise of “first thoughts, best thoughts.” Ezra Pound revised T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” to such a degree that the resulting poem approximates collaboration. Where on the continuum of revision do our poems exist? Whom do we trust, if anyone, to be our Pound?  We’ll explore at least 5-7 approaches to revision. Bring a fresh poem, one question in relation to that poem, and a laptop, if you have one.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US
TO REGISTER: Lighthouse Writers


 

MARCH



(Participate from where ever you are!)

TRADITIONAL FORMS, ECSTATIC ARRANGMENTS!  (Part II)

              (It is not necessary to have attended Part I in order to enjoy & learn from Part II)

An Online Poetry Writing Workshop

  • Date:  March 4 – April 29, 2018
  • Times:  Sundays, 1pm – 3:45pm, Mountain Time
  • Technical Requirements:  1) the ability to send and receive email attachments in a word doc. format; 2) a built-in camera on your computer

Description: Join me, Sawnie Morris, in an exuberant exploration of poetic forms. We’ll read classic poems written in traditional forms, study our craft (including the historical origins of each form), and we’ll learn from poems by contemporary poets who are diversifying on the old and creating new and exciting hybrid forms. Each week we’ll meet together as a group –  poets from across the country –  to discuss the poems and prose-about-poems we’ve been reading, perhaps try our hand at a few in-class writing experiments, and share our own poems with one another in a generous, respectful, and informed workshop format. You’ll receive written comments on your poems from Sawnie, with the opportunity for a private, weekly, one-on-one session with her during “office hours.”

TO REGISTER AND/OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US


 

JUNE



DENVER, COLORADO

LIGHTHOUSE WRITERS WORKSHOP

LIT FEST   3 WORKSHOPS


Visual Aesthetics & the Field of the Poem

  • Dates:  June (TBA)
  • Times:  (TBA)
  • Location:   Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver

Description:  Part of what makes poetry a magical art is the poet’s ability to orchestrate language in a way that creates an unforgettable experience in a reader. Spacing and punctuation provide cues intrinsic to that orchestration. How might visual spacing and/or non-standard usage of punctuation further reveal a poem’s meanings? How might the field of the page heighten lyric understanding? We’ll consider an array of exciting possibilities available for the visual, percussive, and imagistic shaping of our poems. Bring paper, a favorite writing instrument, and the first draft of a poem – as well as your laptop.


The Many (& Often Hidden) Faces of the Collage Poem

  • Dates:  June (TBA)
  • Times:  (TBA)
  • Location:   Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver

Description:  Part of what makes poetry a magical art is the poet’s ability to orchestrate language in a way that creates an unforgettable experience in a reader. Spacing and punctuation provide cues intrinsic to that orchestration. How might visual spacing and/or non-standard usage of punctuation further reveal a poem’s meanings? How might the field of the page heighten lyric understanding? We’ll consider an array of exciting possibilities available for the visual, percussive, and imagistic shaping of our poems. Bring paper, a favorite writing instrument, and the first draft of a poem – as well as your laptop.


The Many (& Often Hidden) Faces of the Collage Poem

  • Dates:  June (TBA)
  • Times:  (TBA)
  • Location:   Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver

Description:  Collage poems and the process that brings them into being are powering some of the most compelling of early 21st century poems.  The word “collage” originates from the French, meaning “to stick, to bond, to glue.” It also refers to an “affair,” which is to say: when two different things are taken out of context and placed side by side, they may break boundaries to become a third radiance containing a paradoxical multiplicity of meanings. We’ll read and discuss contemporary examples of collage poems and in the time available, make a quick start toward writing one of our own.


The Lightning Field of the Prose Poem:

For Intrepid Prose Writers & Audacious Poets

  • Dates:  June (TBA)
  • Times:  (TBA)
  • Location:   Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver

Description:  Some prose poems lean into narrative, some into the whirl of the lyric, but each provides an astonishment of precision and concision, of “luminous details” (Pound), and the meeting of images in the compressed space of verbal experience. Think of the surface of Agnes Martin’s grid – on the one hand – and a lush pond, with its hidden depths, on the other. Think of the jeweled interior of an emerald and a stone labyrinth in the desert. What appears to be ordinary speech has the potential to wake us into unexpected dimensions, word by word, line by line, sentence by sentence.

TO REGISTER AND/OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US



RANCHOS DE TAOS, NEW MEXICO

7TH ANNUAL Wild & Giddy WORDS OF SUMMER: POEM-A-DAY WRITING WORKSHOP

  • Date:  June (TBA)
  • Times:  (TBA)
  • Location Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Description:  We will meet each day to share poems written within the previous 24 hours. At our first meeting, participants will do some wild & giddy writing toward the creation of a new poem. After that, participants will bring the first draft of a new poem to the workshop each day. At the end of each workshop participants will be provided with a magic packet to draw from, if they wish, for the inspiration of their next poem. Participants will be free to use the suggestions from the packets in whatever way they wish, or not at all. After responding to one another’s poems each day, we’ll engage in lively discussion in relation to the poems we’ve been reading. At the end of our week together, we’ll gather for a meal to celebrate congratulate one another.

Each poet will be eligible for a 10 minute private session with Sawnie, during the week, to discuss their poems. Writers at all levels of writing experience are welcome.

TO reserve a place in the workshop & for information about meals & lodging (For those coming from out of TOWN) please contact SawniE:: CONTACT US