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

Linda Wallin © 2017

Linda Wallin © 2017


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
before sun-up,
black orchid blooming
in a small white cup,
bittersweet tongue
tasting mine.

Plié, jeté,
arpeggio, chiaroscuro,
monkey's paw, stiletto heel,
syrup of sin, star elixir,
violin, sepulcher,
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 wildamorris@ameritech.net 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 

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