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

 
Linda Wallin © 2017

Linda Wallin © 2017

 

The workshops are designed to increase skill in writing both traditional and non-traditional poetry. Unless otherwise noted, the workshops will be in room 6-N on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois. Workshop participants are invited to join us for an optional lunch at the Panera at 501 State Street before each workshop in order to enjoy each others' company and talk about poetry generally.

Members of Poets & Patrons who have published books are invited to display them for sale at any of our workshops and/or at the reading of the winning poems from the Chicagoland Poetry Contest. Members can also list their books on our website.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see a list of past workshops.


About 25 people came to read or listen to poetry on Oct. 25 at  After-Words Bookstore in Chicago. Poems centered on Halloween memories, descriptions of autumn, Chicago, politics, and more.

Diann Martin recalls Halloween weather and growing up near Chicago.

Diann Martin recalls Halloween weather and growing up near Chicago.

Diane O'Neill reads her poetry

Diane O'Neill reads her poetry

Halloween Open Mic at After-Words Bookstore was a success!!

The Wednesday, Oct. 25 reading at After-Words Bookstore in Chicago was a success! The reading took place from 6 to 8 p.m. and was a joint reading between members of the Illinois State Poetry Society and Poets and Patrons of Chicago. The theme this year was "Autumn / Halloween," and took place in a newly renovated room in the bookstore, located at 23 E. Illinois Ave., Chicago.

Tavon Briggs reads at After-Words Bookstore in Chicago on October 25.

Tavon Briggs reads at After-Words Bookstore in Chicago on October 25.

Featured poets included Judith Tullis, Marjorie Rissman, Diane O'Neill, Susan T. Moss, David Nekimken, Caroline Johnson, Tavon Briggs, Lauren Staniec, Stelle Martin, Ray Ziemer, Yashica a.k.a. Cookee, Frank Hubeny, Peter Halliday, Mary Lenox, Myron Stokes, and Diann Martin.

The bookstore, which sells new and used books, celebrated its 20th year of being in business this year. To read more about the store, click on this link: http://www.after-wordschicago.com/

We plan to have other readings in the future, so stay tuned for details.

 


Past Workshops

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