Each year, Poets & Patrons hosts workshops, led by established poets, editors, and teachers from Illinois and surrounding states
Our Next Workshop:
“A Moment in Time”
will be led by Donna Pucciani and Pamela Miller
on Saturday June 22, 2019
from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
at the Harold Washington Library,
Our next workshop, “A Moment in Time” will be led by Donna Pucciani and Pamela Miller Saturday on June 22, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street, Room 3rd Floor-6N
In this workshop, we will be evaluating poems that describe or reflect on just one moment in time. Here are two sample poems:
You wait for me
black orchid blooming
in a small white cup,
monkey's paw, stiletto heel,
syrup of sin, star elixir,
fig in a blackbird's beak.
When all the rest lie sleeping,
or have left silently
by the back door, you
bring fire in a feather,
dark bells, gentians
in the throat, the day's
suffering snapped in half
like a dry twig sugared
in blood and smoke.
~ Donna Pucciani. From Edges (Purple Flag Press, 2016). First published in Italian Americana.
Invoking the Muse
for Susan Wooldridge
Oh Muse, in your poem-white robe of light,
clutching a wreath of storms
to your breast,
your stern right arm pointing moonward,
bring me words
that clatter like hearts,
that tango on stilts
of fire. Transform
my small shy sonata of breath
to a swooping tornado of stars.
~ Pamela Miller. From Recipe for Disaster (Mayapple Press, 2003). First published in The MacGuffin.
Optional Workshop Assignment:
Write a poem focused on one brief moment in time (free verse, prose poem, or any form you choose). IF your poem is not a brief moment in time poem PLEASE PUT “NOT ASSIGNEMENT” IN THE UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER.
You may send one poem for critique, preferably a poem about a single moment. If possible, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with P & P in the subject line. Otherwise mail your poem to Wilda Morris, 499 Falcon Ridge Way, Bolingbrook IL 60440-2242. Deadline: must be received by June 10. For this workshop, PLEASE get your poem in by the deadline, due to the leaders’ schedules.
Fee: The workshop is free if you do not submit a poem. If you submit a poem for critique, the fee is $10 for non-members, $5 for members. If you submit a poem, you must pay the fee even if you do not attend the meeting because the poems are critiqued in advance (leader feedback will be mailed to you if you are unable to attend the meeting). Please pay at the meeting, or mail your check to Poets & Patrons to the treasurer Beth Staas, 1725 35th St. #2101, Oak Brook IL 60523. Member-ship dues of $20 are due at the beginning of the year, and can be also paid at the meeting. E-mail questions to Wilda. If you do not get a reply to an e-mailed poem, call Wilda at 630/739-2983 to be sure your poem was received.
Donna Pucciani, a Chicago-based writer, has published poetry in such diverse journals as Poetry Salzburg, Istanbul Literary Review, Shi Chao Poetry, and Journal of Italian Translation. Her work has been translated into Italian, Chinese, Japanese and German. She has received numerous nominations for the Pushcart Prize and has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Poetry on the Lake, and other organizations. Former Vice President of the Poets Club of Chicago, her seventh and most recent collection of poems is Edges.
Pamela Miller is the author of Fast Little Shoes (Erie Street Press), Mysterious Coleslaw (Ridgeway Press), Recipe for Disaster and Miss Unthinkable (both from Mayapple Press). Her poetry has appeared in RHINO, New Poetry from the Midwest, Santa Clara Review, Wicked Alice, MAYDAY, Pirene’s Fountain, After Hours and many other journals and anthologies. A member of the Poets Club of Chicago, she has performed her work in New York, San Francisco, Detroit and throughout the Chicagoland area.
Past Workshops and
April 27, 2019
The Name Game
Led by Gail Goepfert and Patrice Boyer Claeys
February 23, 2019
Led by Jenene Ravesloot and John O’Connor
August 25, 2018
Time for a Turn
Led by Sandra Marchetti and Krystal Languell Saturday,
June 23, 2018
A Poem in Dialogue with Another Poem
Led by Jan Bottiglieri and Tony Trigilio
April 28, 2018
Verbalize It: How the Best Action Word Can Enliven Your Poem
Led by Poets & Patrons workshop chair Wilda Morris, author of Szechwan Shrimp and Fortune Cookies: Poems from a Chinese Restaurant.
February 24, 2018
Weaving Magic into Poetry
Led by Rockford poet Christine Swanberg, author of THE RED LACQUER ROOM, WHO WALKS AMONG THE TREES WITH CHARITY, THE ALLELUIA TREE, and most re-cently WILD FRUITION: SON-NETS, SPELLS, AND OTHER INCANTATIONS.
October 14, 2017
Golden Shovel Workshop
Led by Linda Wallin, president of Poets and Patrons and retired Special Education teacher.
August 26, 2017
Sonnets Are Fun!
Led by Mary Hanford, retired English professor and author of Holding to the Light (poetry), Dr. Sally’s Voodoo Man (novel), and Swimming at Villa Hugel (memoir).
June 18, 2017
Let Art Inspire Your Poetry: How to Be Ekphrastic
Led by Beth McDermott, Assistant Professor of English, St. Francis University, Joliet, and Associate Editor of RHINO
April 29, 2017
Led by Caroline Johnson, Vice President and former President, Poets & Patrons of Chicago, and author of two chapbooks
February 25, 2017
What the Heck is a Prose Poem?
Led by Kathleen Rooney, Co-founder of Rose Metal Press and Senior Professional Lecturer,
October 29, 2016
Music as Muse
Led by Wilda Morris, Former President, Illinois State Poetry Society, and Workshop Chair, Poets & Patrons of Chicago
August 27, 2016
Using Fairy Tale, Myth and Legend in Your Poetry
Led by Jennifer Dotson, Program Coordinator, Highland Park Poetry, and winner of Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award
June 25, 2016
The Shape a Poem Makes
Led by Christine Swanberg, author of three books of poetry, workshop leader at The Clearing,
Door County, WI
April 23, 2016
What We Can Learn About Writing Poetry from Shakespeare
Led by William Yarrow, Professor of English, Joliet Junior College
February 27, 2016
In Praise of Praise Poems
Led by Tom Roby IV, President, Poets Club of Chicago and creator of The Poetry Wheel, and Jenene Ravesloot, author of three books of poetry
October 17, 2015
Surrealist Game Poetry
Led by Pamela Larson, poet, artist and photographer
August 22, 2015
Led by Debra Bruce, Professor Emeritus, Northeastern Illinois University, and Andrea Witzke Slot, prize-winning novelist, poet and essayist
June 27, 2015
Writing the Spiritual Poem
Led by Judith Valente, winner of the Aldrich Poetry Prize and a Catholic Book Award, and correspondent for PBS
April 25, 2015
Love Poetry with an Attitude
Led by Marilyn Taylor, former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin
February 28, 2015
Led by Albert DeGenova, publisher and editor of After Hours
October 25, 2014
The Fun Art of Haiku & Senryu
Led by Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Coordinator, Haiku Society of America and author of Haiku and Senryu: a Simple Guide for All
August 23, 2014
Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Poetry about Other Forms of Art
Led by Donna Vorreyer, author of 5 chapbooks and two full-length manuscripts, and Cynthia Gallaher, designated by Chicago Public Library as among its “Ten Top Requested Chicago Poets”
June 28, 2014
The Short Poem
Led by William Marr, author of more than 20 books of poetry and former President, Illinois State Poetry Society, and Patrick Dunn, Associate Professor of English, Aurora University
April 26, 2017
Led by Caroline Johnson, author of two chapbooks, and Wilda Morris, author of Szechwan Shrimp and Fortune Cookies: Poems from a Chinese Restaurant
February 22, 2014
Led by Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody, Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kennedy-King College, and Donna Pucciani, widely published, award-winning poet