Thursday, May 30, 2013

Poetry workshop with Matthew Guenette offered at 2013 David R. Collins Writers' Conference

Matthew Guenette, author of American Busboy (University of Akron Press, 2011) and Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008) which won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, will be leading a poetry workshop at this year's David R. Collins Writers' Conference.

The three-day workshop is divided into two sections. "Jumpstarting the Muse: Postcard Poems and a Surreal Questionnaire" will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 27th & 28th. It will focus on language play, rhetorical structures and surprise, and will present a few energetic ways to trigger material for the blank page or screen. The beginnings of one or two poems is also promised. The second session, "The Fix is In: Revision," will be Saturday's topic and will look at a handful of techniques in an effort to learn more about process and the choices made verses the choices that could be made. The goal of the session is to push poems into new directions and discover a poem's many possibilities.

Matthew was born in Syracuse, New York, and raised in Newport, New Hampshire. He has been awarded residencies for the Hessen-Wisconsin Literary Fellowship and Vermont Studio Center. His poems have appeared in numerous journals including Another Chicago Magazine, Barn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, Cream City Review, The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Sou'wester, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Southern Indiana Review and others. He lives, works, and loses sleep in Madison, Wisconsin.

The 2013 David R. Collins Writer's Conference will be held June 27th through 29th at New Hall at St. Ambrose University located at 518 W. Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. The conference also features three day writing workshops on a variety of topics including novels, creative non-fiction, reading as writers, speculative fiction, freelancing, poetry, and literary collage; critique sessions; luncheons; and free events. Discounts are offered for MWC member and early bird (before June 15th) registrants. Click here for more details. The conference is made possible by our generous sponsors: Modern Woodman of America, St. Ambrose University English Department, Illinois Arts Council, and Genesis Health Systems.

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