Poetry Forum Workshop led by Keith Leonard 5-1-16

Keith Leonard


Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Keith Leonard‘s first collection of poems, Ramshackle Ode, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2016. He is also the author of a chapbook, Still, the Shore, published by YesYes Books. Keith is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Indiana University.
Topic: The Contemporary Ode. In classical times, the ode, originally accompanied by music and dance, was a poem of praise to a notable person or event. However, in this talk, we will observe how contemporary American poets have reimagined the ode as a more tonally complex, transgressive genre. In citing examples by Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Pablo Neruda, and others, we will uncover how these poets have used the form to address difficult situations, ultimately working their way through those situations within the space of the poem to arrive at something like singing or praise.

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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