RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Jenny Molberg, 3-25-18

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Workshop your poetry with poet Jenny Molberg

Evanston Public Library
ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
Church & Orrington

March 25, 2018, 1:30-4:30pm

Jenny Molberg’s debut collection of poetry, Marvels of the Invisible, won the 2014 Berkshire Prize (Tupelo Press, 2017). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Copper Nickel, Boulevard, Redivider, Poetry International, the Orison Anthology, Best New Poets, and other publications. In 2017, she was the Mark Strand scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, and she will be a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center this May. She teaches at the University of Central Missouri and is Co-editor of Pleiades. Find her online at jennymolberg.com

Imaginary Words: Inventing Setting for Poems Without Place. What worlds can our poems unlock if we set them in imaginary spaces? In “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision,” Adrienne Rich writes, “You have to be free to play around with the notion that day might be night, love might be hate; nothing can be too sacred for the imagination to turn into its opposite or to call experimentally by another name. For writing is re-naming.” What if the “place” of the poem you want to write does not exist on this physical earth? What worlds can we create when we feel voiceless where we live? Through a discussion of the work of writers like Tracy K. Smith, Nin Andrews, Matthew Olzmann, Margaret Atwood, Traci Brimhall, and Danez Smith, we will explore the invention of fantastical and fictional worlds in poetry.