2023 Summer Workshops
Yusef Komunyakaa said, “Don’t write what you know. Write what you are willing to discover.” In this poetry workshop we’ll concentrate on the deep, difficult-to-reach poem, writing that relies on intuition and half-glimpsed inner visions, our truest take on the world. Emphasis will be on challenging habits of mind rather than polishing existing poems. While we’ll generate new work, bring current work as well—the writing that most attracts you but also resists completion.
Participants should bring 10 pages of work they wish to revisit.
Mark Conway’s most recent book of poetry, rivers of the driftless region, was published by Four Way Books in 2019. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Slate, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, Ploughshares, the PBS NewsHour and Bomb. He teaches at The Loft in Minneapolis and lives in rural Minnesota.