Poetry Forum Led by Matthew Gavin Frank – Fourth Sunday Poetry Workshop – September 23, 2012


Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of “Pot Farm” (The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books), “Barolo” (The University of Nebraska Press), “Warranty in Zulu” (Barrow Street Press), “The Morrow Plots” (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), “Sagittarius Agitprop” (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), and the chapbooks “Four Hours to Mpumalanga” (Pudding House Publications), and “Aardvark” (West Town Press). Recent work appears in The New Republic, The Huffington Post, Field, Epoch, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, The Best Food Writing, The Best Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Gastronomica, and others. He was born and raised in Illinois, and currently teaches Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he edits poetry and nonfiction for the literary journal, Passages North. This winter, he prepared his first batch of whitefish-thimbleberry ice cream.

TOPIC: Writing Place, Writing the Midwest: We will discuss techniques regarding the poetic engagement of one’s home region– specifically the Midwest, while avoiding sentimentality and other pitfalls.

Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.