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Poetry and the Body

Friday, March 6th, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

How do our life experiences—sacred, mundane, and profane—shape our identity, live within our bodies, and give rise to our poetry?

In the way that our bodies carry our life experiences, poetry can be a vehicle for exploring our relationship to them. In this workshop, we will experiment with craft tools like voice, imagery, point of view, language and form to support the self-exploration that gives rise to our unique, embodied voice. Through our personal poetry, we can deepen our understanding and appreciation of the diversity and complexity within us, and in those around us. From this place, our stories become part of a dialogue within a larger collective. We will explore how our life experiences related to race, gender identity, war, trauma, and addiction can be explored through poetry, and held by our poems. This class will include a focus on craft technique, provide generative writing prompts, poem readings, and group discussion. We’ll also engage in some in-class workshopping. By the end, you will have generated a few beginnings of new poems, deepened your craft knowledge, explored new ways of approaching your poetry, and will inhabit your writing life in renewed ways.

Please bring a draft of a body/identity themed poem you are currently working on.

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Lindsey O'Neill
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Computer or Tablet Recommended
  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


  • Poetry

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