Events, 2022


WORKSHOPS & EVENTS CALENDAR, 2022

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 2019


 

FEBRUARY



ONLINE!

OPENING INTO SPRING: RESILIENCE & THE POETIC IMAGINATION

 

“BREATHE IN EXPERIENCE, BREATHE OUT POETRY.”

MURIEL RUKEYSER 

        • Dates:  Sundays, February 13 – April 3, 2022, 1pm-3:45/4pm, Mountain Time
        • Cost Per Person:  $400. (payable by check or Zelle)
        • Location:  Online! (zoom from anywhere relatively quiet & with internet access)
        • Technical requirements:  A computer with a built-in camera and the ability to send and receive email attachments in a word doc format

Your Workshop Companions:

          • Poets from all over the country
          • Poets who desire to learn more about their craft
          • Poets willing to allow themselves to be vulnerable to the poems they read, as well as the poems they write
          • Poets who are excited about writing poems!

Description: We have come through, and are not yet done with, difficult times. It’s good to remember we all descend from ancestors who survived eras in history as bad or worse –-  ancestors starting with the tiny microbes that clustered to shape the organisms that evolved into who we are now, as well as into the plants and animals who are our distant, yet entirely present, kin. Such a creative journey is intrinsic to our very make-up and is always a matter of exploring forms that provide resilience and give the life force expression. That expression may be as gentle and quiet as a lily pad, as internal as a worm, as stately as a big horned sheep, or as active as a tiger, but the dynamism of the earth and the cosmos sings in each.  In this workshop, we will explore a range of forms –– traditional  as well as free-verse –– and approaches through which the poetic imagination may express itself. Each week, you’ll receive poems and prompts to inspire and to use as you wish in the making of your own poems, along with craft notes. Each week we’ll share our poems with one another in a generous, respectful, and informed workshop format, with brief written comments on your poems from Sawnie and the opportunity to meet with her during “office hours.” Each week we will open ourselves to the presence and the resilience of the poetic imagination.

TO REGISTER AND/OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US



 

APRIL



ONLINE!

OPENING INTO SPRING: RESILIENCE & THE POETIC IMAGINATION

 

“BREATHE IN EXPERIENCE, BREATHE OUT POETRY.”

MURIEL RUKEYSER 

          • Dates and Times: Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16, 10am-1pm, Mountain Time;  Sundays, April 24 & May 1, 8, 15, 22, 1pm-4pm, Mountain Time
          • Cost Per Person:  $400. (payable by check or Zelle)
          • Location:  Online! (zoom from anywhere relatively quiet & with internet access)
          • Technical requirements:  A computer with a built-in camera and the ability to send and receive email attachments in a word doc format

Your Workshop Companions:

          • Poets from all over the country
          • Poets who desire to learn more about their craft
          • Poets willing to allow themselves to be vulnerable to the poems they read, as well as the poems they write
          • Poets who are excited about writing poems!

Description: We have come through, and are not yet done with, difficult times. It’s good to remember we all descend from ancestors who survived eras in history as bad or worse –-  ancestors starting with the tiny microbes that clustered to shape the organisms that evolved into who we are now, as well as into the plants and animals who are our distant, yet entirely present, kin. Such a creative journey is intrinsic to our very make-up and is always a matter of exploring forms that provide resilience and give the life force expression. That expression may be as gentle and quiet as a lily pad, as internal as a worm, as stately as a big horned sheep, or as active as a tiger, but the dynamism of the earth and the cosmos sings in each.  In this workshop, we will explore a range of forms –– traditional  as well as free-verse –– and approaches through which the poetic imagination may express itself. Each week, you’ll receive poems and prompts to inspire and to use as you wish in the making of your own poems, along with craft notes. Each week we’ll share our poems with one another in a generous, respectful, and informed workshop format, with brief written comments on your poems from Sawnie and the opportunity to meet with her during “office hours.” Each week we will open ourselves to the presence and the resilience of the poetic imagination.

TO REGISTER AND/OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US



 

JULY



TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE

ONLINE!   

THE SEQUENCE POEM

 

          • Date:  Friday, July 29, Mountain Time
          • Location:  Online! (zoom from anywhere relatively quiet & with internet access)
          • Technical requirements:  A computer with a built-in camera and the ability to send and receive email attachments in a word doc format
          • Cost & To Reserve Your Space:  go to the 2022 TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE website. 

Your Workshop Companions:

          • Poets from all over the country
          • Poets who desire to learn more about their craft
          • Poets willing to allow themselves to be vulnerable to the poems they read, as well as the poems they write
          • Poets who are excited about writing poems!

Description:  A sequence poem is akin to an archipelago. Each sequence within the poem is an island, though as Muriel Rukeyser pointed out, “Like us, they are connected underneath.” Where a narrative poem moves causally through time — like a boat across water –– and a lyric poem expresses a particular moment in time –– like the splash of a swimmer diving in –– a sequence poem expresses multiple dimensions or emotional intensities in time by way of connection, association, and juxtaposition. We will read together and learn from examples of historical and contemporary sequence poems, then respond by beginning the creative process of writing our own. Prompts will be provided to be used (or not) and time will be made for sharing of results and for individual feedback from the instructor. 

TO REGISTER AND/OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US



 

August



TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE

ONLINE!   

POETRY & PUNCTUATION

 

          • Date: Saturday, April 1, Mountain Time
          • Location:  Online! (zoom from anywhere relatively quiet & with internet access)
          • Technical requirements:  A computer with a built-in camera and the ability to send and receive email attachments in a word doc format
          • Cost & To Reserve Your Space:  go to the 2022 TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE website. 

Your Workshop Companions:

          • Poets from all over the country
          • Poets who desire to learn more about their craft
          • Poets willing to allow themselves to be vulnerable to the poems they read, as well as the poems they write
          • Poets who are excited about writing poems!

Description: W.S. Merwin abandoned punctuation, declaring that it “seems to staple the poem to the page.” Emily Dickinson, on the other hand, famously said that a real poem caused her hair to stand up on her head –– and Emily was the queen of the dash and other well-placed marks on the page. We will examine a range of poems by classical and contemporary poets, giving our attention over to punctuation that serves as enlightening notation and guiding signage. We’ll also consider the freedoms and risks inherent to unpunctuated space. Come prepared to enter sentences and their elements. Bring three poems of your own whose punctuation or lack of it you question and/or are willing to experiment with altering.  

TO REGISTER AND/OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT US