Learn how a poem “speaks” through imagery and sensory details.

Date: July 8-14, 2018
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee: $1255
Class Size: 12

Image Credit: Amanda Piela

Learn poetry writing from Richard Blanco, the historic inaugural poet, teacher, and memoirist. Close readings and class discussions focus on how a poem “speaks” through imagery and sensory details. Basic craft-based elements of poetry will be covered. Write poems inspired by photographic images that you bring with you (or other photos taken during the week you are here).  Poems are shared in dynamic and interactive group sessions exploring the relationships between imagery, imagination, and poetry.

Header image credit: Taz Triffon

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Instructor: Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person toserve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey.