The Poetic Line: Making It & Breaking It

The Poetic Line: Making It & Breaking It

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In this workshop, we will focus on the poetic line, various kinds of line breaks, and how syntax, line, and stanza can work with—or against—one another. The workshop will aid in drafting new work, but it will also aid in revising existing work, helping us to reread what we’ve written and to recognize our tics and preferences. This workshop is about examining what we may “default” to in free verse—in particular, line length, stanza, and kinds of sentences—and pushing ourselves to question and move beyond those choices. Participants should bring a free verse poem they would like to attend to in these ways.


  • Instructor: Maggie Smith
  • Length of workshop: 3 hours
  • Date:  Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Refinery Nashville
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About the Instructor:

Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones (Tupelo Press, September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015); and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005). Smith is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Plume, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. PRI (Public Radio International) called it “the official poem of 2016.”

Smith has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, among others. She lives in Bexley, Ohio, and is a freelance writer and editor