Creative Forum with Poet Roger Reeves
Saturday, May 7, 2022. 6pm ET. Free.
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In this conversation with poet Roger Reeves, host and poet Abdul Ali asks Reeves about the magic behind his work: the craft of writing poetry, challenges, inspiration, and more.
This online conversation is part of the monthly series “Creative Forum,” produced by Abdul Ali. The series invites a different poet each month into conversation about the creative process. Learn more and RSVP.
Revising the Pastoral: A Poetry Seminar
Friday, May 20, 2022. 2:30-5pm ET. $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers.
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This seminar will give a short overview of the pastoral tradition over the generations to contemporary times for us to observe which poets are keeping this tradition alive, and what vibrant and interesting territory their work covers. I also want to challenge you to experiment with this tradition to make it your own. How might you appropriate the pastoral tradition to your own poetry project? How can this tradition serve your own creative ends?
This seminar will be part discussion and part writing workshop. You can expect to think and reflect on some poems and generate some poem drafts of your own. Learn more and RSVP.
Reading at New Dominion Bookshop
Friday, May 20, 2022. 7-8pm. Free.
New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA
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Join us for the May Charlottesville Reading Series event, featuring poet Abdul Ali, writer Erin O’Hare, and musician Nathaniel Star. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating. Learn more and RSVP.
Dear Baltimore: We Sing Your Song
A Poetry Workshop
Monday, May 30 – Thursday, June 9, 2022. 6-8pm. Free.
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Online workshops: 5/30, 6/1, 6/6, 6/8 with performance on 6/9. This two-week work poetry workshop will focus on the particulars of what it means to live, work, create, love, and grieve in Baltimore. We will use the city as our lens to declare our creative visions, describe our neighbor/hood(s), document that which we love and have lost, and explore new approaches to writing (and reading) poetry. There will be generative creative prompts to get your poetic juices flowing. One-on-One sessions will also be scheduled to discuss current and future projects, opportunities, and sources of support. The workshop culminates in a public performance. This writing workshop is a partnership between Voyage Writing Workshop and the Black Arts District and is supported by a generous grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Learn more and apply.