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Writers Writing - Procedural Poetry Workshop with Jenna Goldsmith

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Participants will craft procedural poetry around given constraints and prompts.

Have you ever tried to write a poem without using the letter "e"? What if you were challenged to write a poem using only the prepositional phrases from an email you wrote exactly one week ago?

Whether we call it procedural poetry, investigative poetry, or a poetics of inventory, poetry created through procedures, processes, or formulas, shape the contemporary poetry landscape. This workshop capitalizes on some of the most cutting-edge poetic techniques of today by looking back to exciting moments in the literary 20th century. Participants will learn how procedural poetry developed in American literary history and, in response, will craft their own procedural poetry around given constraints and prompts.


Hailing from the northernmost region of Illinois, Jenna is now a professor at OSU-Cascades. At both the University of Kentucky, and at Illinois State University where she completed her MA in 2010, Jenna taught first-year writing, creative writing, and literature. At the University of Kentucky she was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Certificate for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2014, and in 2015, she received the inaugural Kentucky Writers Fellowship for Innovative Poetry from Louisville's Baltic Writers Residency. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from the Acorn Equality Fund for LGBT researchers, the University of Kentucky Women's Club, and the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Phone: (541) 312-1063
Event url: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/46939

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