We’ll gather to consider poems that you’ve already written, an opportunity to receive response and to give it. Our goal is to become the best “noticers” we can be, “people on whom nothing is lost,” as Henry James put it. Our primary purpose is more practice developing and articulating our thoughts about other people’s poems, so we might turn the same skilled, discerning eye on our own work. If my experience at HVWC is any indication, we’ll probably get silly, be swept by occasional fits of giggling, and enjoy the heck out of each other’s company. But we’ll also gather, as peers at different levels, to give each participant the closest, most honest and generous readings possible. My goal is to give you the encouragement necessary to stay engaged with a process that is often enjoyable, but which is also real work, in the most satisfying and transformative sense.
NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and capped at 10. Link will be sent to email you use to register at the time of registration and again the day before the class. Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC.
6:30 – 9:00: 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30.
Patrick Donnelly is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Little-Known Operas (Four Way Books, 2019) and the forthcoming Willow Hammer (Four Way Books, 2025). Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts. Former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, his poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, and many other journals. Donnelly’s translations with Stephen D. Miller of classical Japanese poetry were awarded the 2015-2016 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Donnelly’s other awards include a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program Award, an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and an Amy Clampitt Residency Award.
Event Location and Ticket Information
Date: Monday, October 2, 2023
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953
Presenter Website: https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/mnpdonnelly/