Visiting Writer Jon Davis will join us for a special Happy Hour talk, "Building a Butterfly: Revision as Composition," on Sept. 29 at 5:30 pm CT. Here's what to expect, in Davis' own words:
"When I was younger, I thought writing a poem was like catching a butterfly, and sometimes it is, but I’ve since learned it can also be like building a butterfly, piece by piece. In this whirlwind talk, I will take you quickly through nineteen versions of a ten-line poem, “The New Americans,” explaining how I came to write such a godawful first draft and how successive drafts rescued the poem from my own best intentions. I’ll also talk about where and how to apply pressure on the language and form in revision and how to use my revision cheat sheet, which I will distribute mid-talk.
This talk is for beginning poets to advanced poets and can be especially useful for those who feel blocked."
A reading will follow the craft talk. Wine and cheese will be served.
Jon Davis is the author of six chapbooks and seven full-length poetry collections, including Improbable Creatures, An Amiable Reception for the Acrobat, and Above the Bejeweled City, all published by Grid Books. Davis also co-translated, with the author, Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan’s Dayplaces (Tebot Bach, 2017). He has received a Lannan Literary Award, the Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, A GE Younger Writers Award, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. He taught for 30 years, 28 of them at the Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2013, he founded the IAIA low residency MFA in Creative Writing, which he directed until his retirement in 2018. For more, visit jondavispoet.com