In this workshop we’ll write about defining moments, charged bits of experience. These often intersect with other experiences—political or social—from the stories that others may tell us, to the news that we read. Drawing upon the structure of the modern poetic sequence and the experimental practices of hybrid forms, we’ll explore those defining moments in poems, extended lyrical passages, or meditations upon them. We’ll also draw upon the concept of the haibun, a Japanese form, which, employing both prose and poetry, combines the narrative of a journey that is both internal and external with a lyric response to a moment, embodied in nature and illuminated by insight. Generating new material or incorporating previous drafts, you’ll explore your interior journey charting a path through the world.
Rebecca Seiferle’s last poetry collection Wild Tongue (Copper Canyon, 2007) won the 2008 Grub Street National Book Prize in Poetry. Her three previous collections, Bitters, The Music We Dance To and The Ripped-Out Seam won the Western States Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, The National Writer’s Union Prize, and the Poets & Writers Exchange Award. Seiferle is also a noted translator, having translated César Vallejo’s The Black Heralds (Copper Canyon, 2003) and Trilce (Sheep Meadow Press, 1992). She was Jacob Ziskind poet-in-residence at Brandeis University, and a visiting writer at Vanderbilt University, Hamilton College, the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, the Key West Literary Seminars, the Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania, StAnza International Poetry Festival in St. Andrews, Scotland, among others. She was the recipient of the 2004 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. From 2012-2016 Seiferle was Tucson Poet Laureate and she was awarded an Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant in 2019.