Workshops and Sign Up

Location:

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown

6000 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Friday, April 6, 2018: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Roger West and Roja Chamankar

"Faithful to the letter: a poetry translation workshop"

This workshop will examine some of the questions around translating poetry from one language into another, specifically how to reshape the "assigned ambiguities" of a poem into a new poem without reducing it. We will be working with acclaimed Iranian poet, Roja Chamankar, who will talk about her poetry, its overarching themes, metaphors and contexts, and then we will be using basic and literal translations into English of some of her poems from the original Persion to create our own versions.

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Friday, April 6, 2018: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Paul Richmond

Stage Presence

Paul Richmond was a performance juggler for over 20 years, he studied stage craft, which most poets have never done. This is not out of any fault of their own, being a writer, one does this by oneself. It is only when one decides that you want to share your poetry with others that you are confronted with your fears, insecurities and lack of acknowledge of being on a stage. There are ways of gaining this skill. This workshop will go over what Paul has learned. Of course one of the best teachers is getting on as many stages as possible and reflecting what worked and what didn’t.

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Friday, April 6, 2018: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Robin Davidson

Writing Our Truth: Poetry, Memory, and History

In her book Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, Jane Hirschfield tells us that “Good art is a truing of vision, in the way a saw is trued in the saw shop, to cut more cleanly. It is also a changing of vision.” Poems, then, offer the opportunity for such “truing,” acute seeing, in terms of both personal and social transformation. In this workshop we will explore memory (our interior lives) and history (the intersection of the personal with one’s historical moment) as these inform a poet’s vision. We’ll begin by seeking these two portals into the poem, its truths, by considering a handful of pieces that engage history and the poetry of witness—notions of home, exile, lament, refuge, gratitude. We’ll then shift to a discussion of: 1) lyric form and hybridity—the use of poem, story, reportage, song, visual image, typography, as elements of collage (a form of documentary poetics), and 2) your goals for your own work. We’ll conclude by considering how to shape our own literary projects as mosaics evocative of the postmodern era in which we live, teach, write. Please bring with you your writer’s notebook (whatever form that may take—composition spiral, moleskin journal, laptop, tablet), and one or two poem drafts or notebook entries that engage a particular personal memory for use in a workshop exercise.

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Friday, April 6, 2018: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Rick Lupert

Finding the Spectacular in the Mundane

Attention poets and people who don’t know they’re poets yet. Find the poetry in the every day details of life. Join Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert for an interactive workshop geared towards generating new work. Participate in writing exercises and have the chance to share your work with the group for immediate constructive feedback.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Steve Sanders

200 Years of Pirates in Poetry

Everything from "The Corsair" to Emerson, Lake and Palmer's lyrics to "Pirates" and beyond

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Saturday, April 7, 2018: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Griselda Castillo

Bilingual Poetry Workshop

Austin's community is diversifying. Over 100 people move here everyday, bringing with them their culture, unique life experiences and languages. We welcome our new neighbors and thank them for creating an exciting environment that celebrates poetry and verse in all its forms.

This bilingual poetry workshop encourages participants to incorporate their native tongue into the conversation of American poetry in order to explore what it truly means to be of two cultures. All language speakers with English proficiency are welcome to share, learn and create. 

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Saturday, April 7, 2018: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Mike Guinn

“Instant Open Mic”

This workshop will be guided by the legendary Mr. Mike Guinn. The instant Open Mic gives tips on creative promotion, expert advice on building a following, and tried and true techniques that are guaranteed. This is an excellent opportunity for venues and hosts to gain knowledge and insight from one of the best spokenword event coordinators in the country. If you want to learn how to engage an audience, boost business and keep the show going then this workshop is where you begin. You may want to bring a notepad to take notes during the Q & A. Come, let’s have some instant fun! 

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Saturday, April 7, 2018: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Brian Docherty

Re/Writing The Rules

This workshop starts with a short exercise using the cinquain form,  then proceeds to an exercise called ‘The Rules’ which involves using art, in this case postcards, to generate a first person monologue. It is therefore also suitable for prose writers. If there is time, after read rounds, I have a range of other prompts.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Kathryn Lane

Poesía – Workshop in Spanish

Introduces participants to a brief history of the Spanish-American poetry tradition beginning with works by the Mexica (Aztec) people to those men and women in Latin America and the Caribbean who formed the Spanish-American voice through to present day Latino/Latina poets. Participants will write a short poem to share in class.

Presentará una breve historia de la tradición de poesía Hispanoamericana comenzando con obras de los mexica continuando con obras de poetas latinoamericanos y caribeños, hombres y mujeres que formaron la voz latinoamericana hasta ver los poetas de hoy que representan la voz Latina. Los participantes escribirán un poema corto para compartir en el taller.

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