Have you been working hard on a group of poems, a chapbook, or a full-length manuscript, and are finally ready to take it to the next level? In this advanced poetry workshop, we’ll be working together to make the good poems you have tucked away even better. Our sessions will include writing prompts, rigorous (but constructive) critiques, and (depending on final class size) one-on-one meetings about your work.
To apply, submit a sample of 3-5 poems and a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement of interest to email@example.com. Deadline to apply is August 23.
Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Best New Poets 2018, The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature, storySouth, and elsewhere. Destiny has received support from Cave Canem, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, and Tin House, among others. Her debut poetry collection, Negotiations, was published with Tin House Books in 2020. Learn more at destinybirdsong.com.
Destiny showed several approaches to each form, and we talked about how and why each worked. Beyond this, she was unusually skilled at understanding what each of us was trying to do, both in our class assignments and in the individual pieces submitted for private critique. Her comments, questions, and suggestions were unfailingly positive but --- at the same time --- helped me think of other ways to approach pieces that I'd often revised without feeling satisfied. All the students in our group were serious about our work; our styles and backgrounds were quite different; Destiny had/has a beautiful gift for seeing what each of us was trying to do.
I feel so inspired after taking this class with Destiny. She’s encouraging of new work, thoughtful in her critiques, and generous with her knowledge and enthusiastic spirit. Highly recommend!!
For years, I've avoided poetry workshops simply because of doom-and-gloom-feedback fear. This workshop troubled that narrative, and added joy. Brava to Destiny and this community of writers for being a supportive space to hatch new work!