“What makes a poem memorable? Strategies for achieving writing that resonates”
The unique language and content of your work as a poet emerge and develop over time. Yet each single poem presents its own special challenges in terms of structure, language and message. In this workshop, we will study and critique a poem that you have written with a view to helping you maximize its power to surprise us, with special focus placed on opening and closure and how these critical elements inform and are informed by the poem’s internal journey.
In-class writing exercises will be geared toward further development of the poem.
NOTE: Each writer will be asked to submit a copy of their latest draft of a poem (one to two pages in length) prior to the workshop. Details will be provided after registration.
BIO: Gabrielle (Gaby) LeMay earned her MFA in poetry at Hunter College in New York City in 2001, following more than ten years’ study in the national YMCA Writer’s Voice program. She has published more than seventy of her poems in literary journals and anthologies, and has won awards from the Writer’s Voice, Big City Lit’s Lyric Recovery, Hunter College and the Academy of American Poets. She was a semifinalist for the 1999 Discovery/Nation Award, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, Pandora’s Barn, won the 2004 Tennessee Chapbook Prize from Middle Tennessee State University. She has taught poetry and memoir writing in the senior program at the 92nd St Y in New York City, and soon after 9/11 she founded the West Side Poets workshops, which she led until moving to California in 2008. In June 2009 she led the ghazal-writing workshop at the Ojai Poetry Fest, and earlier this year she served as coach in the Ventura County phase of the national Poetry Out Loud competition.