The Spark & the Fire: A Poetry Workshop

The Spark & the Fire: A Poetry Workshop

Ada Limón
Week 4: July 2 to July 7
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All
Registration Open
Workshop Full: Waiting List may be available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

This workshop is designed to ignite something courageous inside of us, rattle and shake it around. With rigorous in-class writing exercises that take advantage of our natural surroundings we’ll work together to produce new work and take poetic risks. With a deep appreciation for the mystery of poetry and a sense of freedom and play, we’ll study the intricacies of line, syntax, sound, and voice in our own work. This nontraditional workshop will also be a supportive place where students can share written work and ask for specific feedback so that, as a class, we can help strengthen a first draft.  C.D. Wright once said, “It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.” In this workshop we’ll try to declare our voices free and write the poems we are meant to be writing. Together, we’ll work on bowing down to the poem and listening to the voice underneath the voice. 

Please bring 1 poem to workshop in class.


ADA LIMÓN is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky WreckThis Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.