The Poet's Workshop
Sep
6
to Nov 8

The Poet's Workshop

Registration for The Poet's Workshop is now open at Grackle & Grackle

In The Poet's Workshop this fall, we will cultivate an attunement to the sensory world, find the spaces where language can propel itself through silence, and sharpen our incisors on the formal elements that make poetry ring clearly and beautifully.

We will be reading to see what we can glean from other poet’s successes, with a particular eye to their use of image, sound, and prosody, rhythm, voice and tone, breaks in lines and stanzas, and other elements of form. As a community of writers coming to poetry, we will practice being good first readers for each other’s fledgling drafts. We’ll also approach revision together, finding ways to scratch closer and closer to our poems’ best final forms, and each workshop participant will receive written editorial critiques on their poems with suggestions for how to move forward.

We’ll write with the presumption that somewhere and somehow, we’ll have readers and listeners for our work. To that end, we’ll also approach how to get poems into print, how to decide where to aim when trying to publish, and how to read and perform our own poems so that they’re as live for our audiences as they are in our own minds.

Thursday evenings | 6:00-9:00 pm

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Luisa Muradyan's American Radiance Book Launch and Reading
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Luisa Muradyan's American Radiance Book Launch and Reading

Georgia Pearle will be reading her work alongside Luisa Muradyan in celebration of Luisa's prize winning collection of poems, American Radiance.

Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, American Radiance, at turns funny, tragic, and haunting, reflects on the author’s experience immigrating as a child to the United States from Ukraine in 1991. 

What does it mean to be an American? Luisa Muradyan doesn’t try to provide an answer. Instead, the poems in American Radiance look for a home in history, folklore, misery, laughter, language, and Prince’s outstretched hand. Colliding with the grand figures of late ‘80s and early ‘90s pop culture, Muradyan’s imagination pushes the reader forward, confronting the painful loss of identity that assimilation brings.

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Luisa Muradyan is originally from the Ukraine and is a current PhD candidate at the University of Houston. She is the former Editor of Gulf Coast: a Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and the recipient of the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry, and the Marion Barthelme Gulf Coast Prize. Her manuscript, American Radiance, won the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Previous work has appeared in Poetry International, Ninth Letter, West Branch, the Los Angeles Review, and Blackbird, among others.

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