Led by Gabrielle Calvocoressi, embark on a poetic journey inspired by Buson's profound words, creating amidst close readings, outdoor adventures, and collaborative discussions during the enchanting days of autumn in Maine.

Sep 23, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1795
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

     ” I go,

                 you stay;

                        two autumns.”

This remarkable poem by Buson will serve as our guide, foundation, challenge, and ___________ (you decide!) for our week together in Maine. During this week we will use close readings, outdoor adventures (accessible to all), craft discussions, and generative writing sessions to make new work, harvest and revise older poems, and dream together to imagine what’s next. A perfect week for those putting a manuscript together or putting it to bed. For those who haven’t written in ages and those whose pockets are overflowing with poems that they don’t know quite what to do with. Like the Buson poem, we will think about all the different directions our work is going and how that might make a unified world.

Maine Media Poetry Workshops on Buson - photo by Masaaki Komori
Photo by Masaaki Komori.

We will workshop but this is primarily a generative class focused on writing, reading, talking talking talking, and collaborating through the first days of autumn.

What to Bring?

You will need a notebook, some pencils, your laptop (if you use one), a book of poems you love, and whatever you need to sit outdoors for a bit each day.

All levels are welcome. Beginner’s mind essential.

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Instructor: Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in  Marfa, TX; the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review; and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi's poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, The New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Old East Durham, NC, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice.