Next Poetry Workshop Forum 4-3-16 Led by Kimberly Dixon-Mays

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Topic: “Await Your Turn” – Volta, fulcrum, modulation, torque, swerve, turn… There are many names for a poem’s shift to a different key, redirect of attention, thwarting of expectation. How do poets create these moments in their poems? Where? How? Most important, why? What is the poet’s obligation to provide such a moment, as a landmark or reward? What is the reader’s obligation to give in to its surprise or loss of balance? And how does this moment function as more than a punchline? We’ll talk and read, not to pin down a definition as much as to explore the possibilities. No need for specific expertise, except about how turns move you, as reader, writer, or both.


Kimberly Dixon-Mays is a Ragdale and Cave Canem fellow whose publications include Reverie, Anthology of Chicago, Uproot, Consequence and Rhino magazines, the anthologies Trigger Warning and Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta! and her own collections SenseMemory, and More Than a Notion: Reflections on (Black) Marriage. Since 2004 she has been a frequent writer with the Poetry Performance Incubator project of the Guild Literary Complex, and served as the Guild’s Executive Director from 2010 to 2012.


Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.



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