Two-Day Workshops—The Goldilocks Solution

Thinking of joining us at the 2024 Poetry by the Sea Conference, May 21-24—but undecided about a time commitment? A two-day workshop might be the solution for you. Spend two intensive days of poetry engagement with either of these new workshops. 

Available on Wednesday and Thursday? Sign up for David Groff’s WRITING THE “AFTER” POEM: TAKING INSPIRATION FROM YOUR POET-FOREBEARS 

Our poems exist in the context and interplay of poems already written. In this workshop, we’ll join the tradition of poets responding to the work of poets who came before us. We’ll write and discuss our own “after” poems—poems that recast, revise, renew, reimagine, and maybe even reject modern and contemporary works that are part of our personal canon. Our result will be poems that transcend imitation, homage, and critique to become vital and original, truly our own.

Prefer Thursday and Friday? Register for FORM OUTSIDE THE NORM: RARER SHAPES AND SONGS with Chad Abushanab 

Like dances that never go out of style, certain poetic forms are perennial favorites among writers and readers alike. Sonnets, villanellessestinasballadspantoums, etc., often dominate our imaginations when it comes to working in traditional verse forms. But what about a rispetto? Or the bref double? You’ve probably written some haiku, but have you ever tried the dodoitsu or a katauta

In this 2-day workshop, we will learn and try out several underrepresented poetic forms from around the world in order to widen our perspectives and provide fresh avenues for discovery–writing new poems along the way and revising in-progress drafts as we go. 


Chad Abushanab is the author of The Last Visit, which won the 2018 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Sewanee Review, Ecotone, The Believer, Best New Poets, Southern Poetry Review, and many other publications. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Bemidji State University located in the north woods of Minnesota. Read more at

David Groff’s most recent book, Live in Suspense, was published by Trio House PressHis previous book Clay, also from Trio House, was chosen by Michael Waters for the Louise Bogan Award. His first collection, Theory of Devolution, was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series. He is the coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (Alyson) and Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners (University of Wisconsin Press). An independent book editor, he teaches poetry, nonfiction, and publishing in the MFA creative writing program at the City College of New York.

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