Social isolation is so hard. Period. In these times, loving others means staying away. This is a compassionate workshop that is focused on community, care, and light where you will write new poems based off of prompts while we look at the ways poets like Mary Oliver, Stanley Plumly, Gwendolyn Brooks, Joy Harjo, Walt Whitman, and others engage a poetics of the collective—the “I” of the poem that can help us find ourselves and each other—through us, you, and we. One of the powers of poetry is that we can speak to each other across time and communicate our human interconnectedness through song and image. In this course, we will form a compassionate online community and find our voices and each other.
LIVE ELEMENT: We will hold an attendance-optional poetry reading via Zoom during the last week of the course to celebrate your work!
Tyler Mills is the author of City Scattered (winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), Hawk Parable (winner of the Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019), Tongue Lyre (winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (winner of the Diode Editions Chapbook Prize 2021 and the New England Poetry Club’s 2021 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize). Her memoir-in-essays manuscript titled The Bomb Cloud won a Cafe Royal NYC Cultural Foundation Literature Award. A poet, essayist, and educator, her poems have appeared widely including in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, and Poetry; won magazine awards from Gulf Coast, the Crab Orchard Review, and Third Coast; and been featured in the Academy of American Poets "Poem-a-Day" digital series. The recipient of residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Tyler lived and taught in New Mexico four years, most recently serving as the Burke Scholar for the Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, NM, and now teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center's 24PearlStreet. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.