Basic and Bold: A Poetry Workshop

Basic and Bold: A Poetry Workshop

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Patricia Spears Jones
Week 4: July 1 to July 6
ORIENTATION: July 1, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 2-6, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

Poets often need to return to the radical -- the root to refresh their practice. They need to rediscover the images, the rhythms, their reasons for making work.  This workshop is designed to do that by using contemporary poets and their different strategies as exemplars to generate new work.  While the focus is on African American poets, we will look at work from poets from a variety of backgrounds.  Participants will do some serious reading and writing, writing, and writing.


Patricia Spears Jones is a Brooklyn-based African American poet. Her most recent collection of poems, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems, published by White Pine Press in 2015, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s 2016 William Carlos Williams Prize, as well as for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Her seven earlier books include Painkiller (Tia Chucha Press, 2010), Femme du Monde (Tia Chucha Press, 2006), and The Weather That Kills (Coffee House Press, 1995).  Her honors include the 2017 Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers, a 2016 Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship, and awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Goethe-Institut, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the New York Community Trust. She is also an editor, educator and a senior fellow emeritus of the Black Earth Institute. Her work is included in many anthologies, most recently, Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks; BAX: Best American Experiment Writing, 2016; and Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin. She has taught workshops at Naropa University, Poets House, The Poetry Project, Gemini Ink and Brooklyn Poets.