2009 Archive

The Fifth Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival was held January 19-23, 2009 and the faculty included Martin Espada, Kimiko Hahn, Thomas Lux, Gregory Orr, Anne Marie Macari, Gerald Stern, Dara Wier, and Denise Duhamel.  Anticipated workshops scheduled with Laura Kasichke and Victoria Redel were regretfully cancelled.  Featured Florida Poets were Kelle Groom and Michael Hettich and performance Poets featured at the annual Coffee House event with first time DiscO'Hara and dancing to follow, were Taylor Mali and Lynne Procope. Biographies of the poets and descriptions of the workshops that were offered follow below.

5th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 19-23, 2009
Old School Square, Delray Beach, Florida

BARBARIC YAWP with Martin Espada
We will work to create new poems by beginning every session with a discussion of model poems. We will share new work (to thunderous applause). We will write poems that celebrate and condemn the world around us. We may write poems of unheeded prophecy, speak in voices of the dead, explore the landscape of our names, curse enemies (real or imagined), declaim odes to socks, or apologize for things we're secretly glad we did. Participants will write new poems, and build community and solidarity as poets. (Advanced)

MARTIN ESPADA, called “The Latino poet of his generation.” has published 16 books of poetry. The Republic of Poetry, received the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. Winner of the American Book Award for Imagine the Angels of Bread, Espada also received the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, a Charity Randall Citation, the Premio Fronterizo, and fellowships from the NEA, PEN/Revson, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He edited Zapata’s Disciple, a collection of essays, and the anthologies, Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination and El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry. His work has been translated into ten languages and appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Harper’s and The Nation. Espada is a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Find out more about Martin Espada on his official website, http://www.martinespada.net.

Visit Bill Moyer's profile page of Martin Espada at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07202007/profile2.html

How short can a poem be? How far can we trim back to find the essence of the poem but without trimming out the mystery? Beginning with writing prompts, we will generate raw material in class, then cut back to the poem itself. I will offer useful ways to re-vision one’s work—and critique one another—without destroying the original rawness that lead the pen first off. I will bring in examples that will promote discussion and risk-taking. (Advanced)

KIMIKO HAHN has published seven collections of poetry, including The Narrow Road to the Interior (W.W. Norton, 2006); The Artist's Daughter; Mosquito and Ant; Volatile; and The Unbearable Heart, which received an American Book Award. She holds a BA in English and East Asian studies from University of Iowa, and an MA in Japanese Literature from Columbia University. Hahn has received fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her awards include a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’Award, Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award, The Shelley Memorial Award and a PEN/Voelcker Award. She frequently draws on, and even reinvents, classic forms and techniques used by women writers in Japan and China, including the zuihitsu, or pillow book, and nu shu, a nearly extinct script used by Chinese women to correspond. Hahn is a professor at Queens College and The City University of New York.

Find out more about Kimiko Hahn at the Academy of American Poets website: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/1536.

THE POEM THAT WRITES ITSELF With Laura Kasischke [CANCELLED - DARA WIER will replace Laura Kasischke]
In this workshop we will discuss poems, offer critiques, and practice methods to explore memory and use imagination to find material for new poems. (Each poet will workshop three poems during three separate workshops). Through discussion of submitted poems, and some exercises, we’ll examine and discover ways the unconscious might be harnessed in the service of poetry writing. I hope you will learn new approaches that will make poetry writing more effortless and more rewarding, and ways to revise poems that you will surprise you. Bring 3 poems for workshop discussion. (Advanced)

LAURA KASISCHKE is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Lilies Without (Ausable Press, 2007), and four novels. Her work has received many honors, including the Alice Fay diCastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. Her most recent novel is Be Mine (Harcourt, 2007). Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New Republic, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program and the Residential College at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and lives with her husband and son in Chelsea, Michigan.

Laura Kasischke's webpage at the University of Michican can be found here: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaFacDetail.asp?ID=964

We will pay close attention, in minute detail, to all the elements that go into writing a poem. So we'll do word by word, line by line readings. Frost said that the primary way to get to the reader's heart and mind is through the reader's ear. The sound, the noise of a poem, demands our attention. We must be tough, honest and direct with each other's work and also be generous, thoughtful and never condescending or dismissive. A good workshop can do both. Bring in three or four poems, thirteen copies of each, for discussion. (Advanced)

THOMAS LUX’s latest collection is God Particles (Houghton Mifflin 2008). Other books include The Cradle Place; The Street of Clocks; New and Selected Poems: 1975-1995, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Blind Swimmer: Selected Early Poems: 1970-1975; and Split Horizon, winner of the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award. His distinguished teaching career includes twenty-seven years on the writing faculty and as Director of the MFA Program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence. He has taught at Emerson College, Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, and other universities. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and recipient of three NEA grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lux holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry and directs the McEver Visiting Writers Program at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

The Academy of American poets has an extensive page on Thomas Lux to be found at http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/115.

An interview conducted by J.M. Spalding of The Cortland Review may be accessed here: http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/8/lux8i.htm

GOING TO THE NEXT LEVEL with Anne Marie Macari and Gerald Stern
How can we access what is exiled, lost, hidden, to write poems of mystery and discovery? We will discuss ways to bring surprise and revelation to poems. Poets will examine the balance of music and meaning in the poem. We will consider great poems that illustrate these concerns. Participants will work with both Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari on alternating days. Each leader will analyze at least one poem for each participant. Send 2-3 poems that have not already been to other workshops. (Advanced)

ANNE MARIE MACARI's most recent book, She Heads Into the Wilderness, was recently published by Autumn House Press. Her book Ivory Cradle won the 2000 APR/Honickman first book prize for poetry, chosen by Robert Creeley, followed by Gloryland (Alice James Books, 2005). Her poems have appeared in many magazines such as: The Iowa Review, APR, Field and TriQuarterly. Macari is director of the Drew University Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry.

A youtube video of Anne Marie Macari reading from her work is found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp4Mcu6ADuM

GERALD STERN is the author of fourteen books of poetry including, This Time: New and Selected Poems, winner of the National Book Award. He is the first Poet Laureate of New Jersey, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and has taught at Temple University, New York University, and University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. Stern’s numerous awards include three NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lamont Poetry Prize, Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a PEN Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and the Academy of American Poets’ Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement.

The Academy of American Poets webpage of Gerald Stern: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/231

BlueFlowerArts webpage on Gerald Stern contains a photo gallery, poems and audio clips: http://www.blueflowerarts.com/gstern.html

The Poetry Foundation's film, Still Burning with Gerald Stern, Anne Marie Macari

Some of the most engaging poems come into being when the poet has positioned himself or herself on the threshold-- where the disorder of experience, emotion, or memory meets the ordering powers of poetry. We will explore writing from that dynamic location. Participants will benefit from constructive critique and generate new work. Send 2 poems in advance of the workshop for review. I will recommend reading and a brief writing assignment in advance of the first workshop meeting. (Advanced)

GREGORY ORR has published ten poetry collections, including How Beautiful the Beloved, forthcoming in 2009; the book length lyric sequence, Concerning the Book That Is The Body Of The Beloved (Copper Canyon, 2005); The Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems, Orpheus and Eurydice, City of Salt, We Must Make a Kingdom of It, The Red House, Gathering the Bones Together, and Burning the Empty Nests. Books of criticism include Richer Entanglements, Stanley Kunitz, An Introduction and Poetry As Survival, and The Blessing, a memoir. He coauthored Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World, with Ellen Bryant Voigt. Orr was a Rockefeller Fellow at the Institute for Violence and Survival and received NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, and was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. He served for 25 years as Poetry Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Find out more about Gregory Orr at the Academy of American Poets website: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/218 or listen to Gregory Orr's National Public Radio broadcast "This I Believe" essay at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5221496

Your poems will be the basis upon which we start conversations about why poetry is written, how poetry is written and read, what purposes it has in private and public situations, how reading styles affect poetry's reception, what poets do to remain vital, what poets do to find or shape forms and voice for their work, how imagination can be fortified. We'll talk about where poetry can be found, and where it can be kept for safe keeping. We'll address any writerly aspects of craft you wish to bring into our conversations. We'll propose a few actions which can sometimes generate new material or cause hidden material to be seen and recognized. You will each have at least 3 poems addressed in workshop. I'd like you to arrive with all of these ready to pass around for our first meeting. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your poems.

DARA WIER's books include Remnants of Hannah, Reverse Rapture, Hat On A Pond, and Voyages In English. Awards include American Poetry Review’s Jerome Shestack Prize, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Limited editions are (X IN FIX) and Fly On The Wall. Recent poems and stories can be found in American Poetry Review, New American Writing, Fou, The Canary, Bat City Quarterly, Mississippi Review, slope, Hollins Critic, Denver Quarterly, Octopus, Conduit, Crazyhorse, Court Green and Gulf Coast. Poet-in-residence at the University of Montana, University of Texas, Emory University, and University of Utah in 2005 she held the Louis Rubin chair at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She directs the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her book, Reverse Rapture, was awarded The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives 2006 book of the year prize. She edits, along with Emily Pettit and Guy Pettit, Factory Hollow Press. In 2009 Wave Books will bring out her Selected Poems.

Find out more about Dara Wier at the Academy of American Poets website, http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/1330

FEAR, MEMORY, AND DESIRE with Denise Duhamel
This workshop will focus on generating new poems and re-imagining at least one already-written poem. We will concentrate on fear, memory, and desire, with writing prompts designed to highlight and refine each participant's core themes. We will also spend one class on revision strategies, taking apart our not-yet realized poems and rebuilding them using form—traditional and otherwise— sculpting, expanding, collaging, and listing. Bring one as yet unfinished poem that is important to you. Be prepared to write every day, embrace the play instinct, and surprise yourself and each other. (Intermediate)

DENISE DUHAMEL's latest book, Ka-Ching!, is forthcoming in Spring 2009. Her other books include Two and Two, winner of Binghamton University’s Milt Kessler Award, Mille et Un Sentiments, Queen For A Day: Selected and New Poems, The Star-Spangled Banner, winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize; Kinky; Girl Soldier; and How the Sky Fell. A bilingual edition of Lucky Me, (Afortunada de mí), translated by Dagmar Buchholz and David Gonzalez, was just released. Duhamel is a graduate of Emerson College and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence. She has received an NEA Fellowship and her work is widely anthologized, including six volumes of Best American Poetry. She has been featured on NPR and on “Fooling with Words,” with Bill Moyers. Duhamel is associate professor at Florida International University.

The Academy of American Poets webpage on Denise Duhamel may be found at http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/33.

The Cortland Review audio interview with Denise Duhamel is located at http://www.cortlandreview.com/features/02/12/index.html

This will be a generative workshop. We’ll be writing poems, finding our way into new material through the close reading of poems and experiments that emerge out of the conversations and writing that emerges in the room. We’ll be paying close attention to language and form, sound and syntax. We’ll be looking for ways to leap over our tendencies and ways to deeply honor our tendencies. The goal of the week is for all of us to be seriously engaged and seriously delighted. (Intermediate)

VICTORIA REDEL is the author of two books of poetry and three books of fiction. Her most recent poetry collection, Swoon (2003, University of Chicago Press), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Her latest novel The Border of Truth (Counterpoint 2007) weaves the situation of refugees and a daughter’s awakening to the history and secrets of her father’s survival and loss. Her first novel, Loverboy, was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize and was chosen as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Loverboy was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Her poetry and fiction has been anthologized widely and her work has been translated into 6 languages. Redel is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University.

Find out more about Victoria Redel on her homepage at http://www.victoriaredel.com/ or on the PEN American Center page, http://www.pen.org/author.php/prmAID/247.


KELLE GROOM's third collection, Five Kingdoms, is forthcoming from Anhinga Press in 2009. Luckily, chosen for the Florida Poetry Series was published in 2006 and Underwater City, was selected for University Press of Florida’s Contemporary Poetry Series in 2004. Groom received a 2006 Florida Book Award for Luckily. Groom’s poems have appeared in AGNI, DoubleTake, Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Witness, among others. She has been awarded residencies from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, United Arts of Central Florida, Volusia County Cultural Council, and New Forms Florida. She holds an MA in English/Creative Writing from UCF and has taught writing at the University of Central Florida, Valencia Community College, and Seminole Community College. Groom has worked for non-profit organizations, including an opera company, a homeless shelter, and an artists-in-residence facility. She is poetry editor of the Florida Review and lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Kelle Groom's poetry may be found at http://webdelsol.com/Perihelion/groom.htm

MICHAEL HETTICH was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1953 and grew up in New York City and its suburbs. He has lived in upstate New York, Colorado, Northern Florida, Vermont and Miami, where he now lives with his family. He has published twelve books and chapbooks of poetry, and his work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Hettich is the winner of two Florida Individual Artists Fellowships. His book Flock and Shadow was selected as a national Book Sense Spring 2006 Top Ten Poetry Book and he received the Tales Prize for Swimmer Dreams in 2005. A new book of poetry, Like Happiness, is forthcoming from Anhinga Press in 2010. He is married to Colleen and has two children, Matthew and Caitlin.

Visit Michael Hettich's website at http://www.michaelhettich.com/


TAYLOR MALI is a teacher and poet and considered to be the most successful poetry slam strategist of all time. He led six of his seven national poetry slam teams to the finals stage and winning the championship four times. Mali was one of the original poets to appear on the HBO original series "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry." He was also the "golden-tongued, Armani clad villain" of Paul Devlin's 1997 documentary film "SlamNation," which chronicled the National Poetry Slam Championship of 1996. A native of New York City and advocate of teachers and teaching, Mali spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math S.A.T. test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world and received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop "Teacher! Teacher!" a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math which won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 U. S. Comedy Arts Festival. Former president of Poetry Slam Inc., Taylor Mali makes his living entirely as a spoken-word and voiceover artist and travels around the country to perform, teach workshops, and for commercial voiceover work. He has narrated several books on tape, including "The Great Fire" (for which he won the Golden Earphones Award for children's narration) and is author of several books and cds of original poetry and spoken word.

Taylor Mali's website is http://www.taylormali.com

LYNNE PROCOPE is a poet and teaching artist from Trinidad and Tobago. She is a founder of the New York based non-profit, the louderARTS Project Inc. and a director of its Workshops and Outreach Program. She curates the experimental performance workshop, synonymUS. She was a member of the New York's 1998 National Poetry Slam Championship winning team. Procope is co-author of the collection, Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press, 2000) and her work appears in the Summer/Fall 2000 Drums Voices Review, Poetry Slam Anthology (Manic D Press, 1999) and How to Read an Oral Poem (University of Illinois Press, 2002). Her writing and performances were commissioned by Vision Into Art as part of Sounds by Kandinsky and Democrazy (pt. 1) at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute at North Carolina School of the Arts. She is currently writing newly commissioned works for performance in the 2003 edition of Democrazy. Procope has been a featured poet/performer at venues across the U.S., including Pace University, NYU, University of Texas, Austin, Macalester College, Hampshire College, Bryn Mawr, Boston College, Amherst College and Mount Holyoke.

Salon Magazine has an audio recording of Lynne Procope at http://www.salon.com/audio/2000/10/05/procope/