New Class!

Poetry and the Body: Craft and Revision - Remote!

4 Saturdays from 2:30pm-5:30pm (EST), Starting June 5th.
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

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

In this series, we will explore how our embodied experiences related to race, gender identity, religious beliefs, war, trauma, grief and loss, addiction and healing can be explored through poetry, and held by our poems. 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 unique verse becomes part of a dialogue within the larger collective.

Weeks 1 & 2 will focus on craft as we experiment with the tools of voice, imagery, language and form to support the self-exploration that gives rise to our unique, embodied voice. These classes will provide generative writing prompts, poem readings, and group discussion. We’ll also engage in some in-class workshopping of poems in progress.

Weeks 3 & 4 will focus on revising poems of identity and the body without losing the magic the first draft allows us to discover. At the same time, we’ll focus on the “connective tissue” of the poem—the elements of story, structure, music and imagination.We’ll examine these elements both in individual poems, and across your work as a whole. We’ll explore and examine where the poems are already singing, singing to one another, and where they have the opportunity to engage us even more fully--both as individual entities, and as collective members of your unique embodied voice.

By the end of this series you’ll have generated a few new poems, deepened your poetry craft knowledge and will inhabit yourself in renewed ways—both on and off the page.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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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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