Each year, Poets & Patrons hosts workshops, led by established poets, editors, and teachers from Illinois and surrounding states

Linda Wallin © 2017

Linda Wallin © 2017


Next Workshop: “The Name Game”

Led by Gail Goepfert and Patrice Boyer Claeys

Saturday, april 27, 2019 11:00 till Noon Harold Washington Library

Our next workshop The Name Game” led by Gail Goepfert and Patrice Boyer Claeys will be Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11:00 till noon at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street

What’s’ in a title? A title that seems to fit a poem can elude us for days or months. How to we decide what works best for the poem? Titles can hint at the content of a poem, or they can do real “work” for the poem; they can set a tone with cleverness or they can act as magnets, pulling the reader into the mystery. An entire poem may be wrenched loose from just the right title and steer its writing, or it may be the lid on the pot that we place last. How do titles work? How do we come to them? How do we know if they are a good fit?
There is no charge for this work-shop. It is part of the Poetry Fest at the Harold Washington Library. Poems will not be submitted in advance. Poetry Fest runs from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and will include readings, workshops and the keynote event featuring U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. Poets and Patrons is sponsoring this workshop on poem titles.
Want to display your poetry book for sale? Contact Caroline Johnson at twinkscat@aol.com and volunteer to help staff the table shared by Poets & Patrons and the Illinois State Poetry Society for an hour.

Gail Goepfert, an associate editor at RHINO Poetry, is a Mid-west poet, photographer, and teacher. Her chapbook, A Mind on Pain, was released in 2015 and her first book, Tapping Roots, in 2018. Get Up Said the World will appear in 2019 from Červená Barva Press. Recent publications include Kudzu House, Stone Boat, Postcard, Poems and Prose Magazine, Open: Journal of Arts and Letters, and Beloit Poetry Journal. More at gailgoepfert.com.

After years in publishing and PR, Patrice Boyer Claeys completed a Certificate in Poetry from the University of Chicago and published her first book, Lovely Daughter of the Shattering. Her work has appeared in Clementine Unbound, Bird's Thumb, and Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, among others. She was featured in Light: A Journal of Photography & Poetry and was nominated for Best of the Net.

Past Workshops  and Readings

February 23, 2019 

Noir, Now

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


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

Speculative Poetry

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,
DePaul University

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

Musical Matters

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

Confessional Poetry

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

Writing Chicago

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

Persona Poems

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