Growing the Poem

Growing the Poem

Martha Collins
Week 7: July 23 to July 28
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 5 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

This workshop will focus on expanding poems beyond the space of the short, self-contained lyric. Through the reading of published poems and daily writing, we’ll explore strategies that will not only help you write longer poems, but also move your work beyond its current aesthetic and/or emotional limits.

If you have poems you consider unfinished or unsuccessful, bring them along to work with. At the end of the week, you should have at least the beginnings of four new poems, or transformations of old poems, some of which we’ll discuss in class.

In addition to the poems mentioned above, please bring copies of one relatively finished poem for reading and possible brief discussion at the beginning of the workshop.


MARTHA COLLINS' most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016). She has also published seven earlier collections, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry. Founder of the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston, she served for ten years as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College, and is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine.