Sometimes writing with existing materials and texts can open doors for our creativity that the blank page cannot!
In this single-day workshop, we will take a Sharpie to an advertisement, article, or recycled book to create a poem from found language, and we'll interact with images and archives to create meaningful new works. Reading poems by Ross Gay, Mary Ruefle, Diana Khoi Nguyen, M. NourbeSe Philip, Sarah J. Sloat and others, we'll explore the political and personal possibilities of interacting with found material in our poems.
Lauren Turner is a writer and musician (Lou Turner, Styrofoam Winos) in Nashville, TN. She is an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at Randolph College and the author of Shape Note Singing (2021), her debut chapbook from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Turner was recently named a finalist for the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry and is the current recipient of a writing residency from The Cabins, where she will work on her first full-length collection of poems. Her latest record Microcosmos is out now via SPINSTER and its title track is featured on playlists from Pitchfork, NPR, and Uncut Magazine.
Lauren is new to The Porch. Welcome!