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