GO LONG: Sonnet Crowns, Poem Sequences, and Long Poems
with Danez Smith
September 28 to October 1, 2018

What happens to a poem when it explodes into many? What waits for us as writers half way through a long poem? Do we have the legs and stamina to make it to the end? What tactics can help up get there? “Go Long” is a generative workshop for built to investigate the potential of crowns, sequences, invented forms, and long poems to unveil our deeper thinking that cannot be done with brevity. Over the course of our time together, we will write, experiment, and edit towards a single, large work while guided through our group interrogations of long poems written by an array of contemporary and legendary poets.

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of “Don’t Call Us Dead” (Graywolf Press, 2017), finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, and “[insert] boy” (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez’s work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, “Homie”, will be published in Spring 2020.  Find more at www.danezsmithpoet.com

Logistics: Schedule, Fees etc.

Workshop Retreat Schedule: Each day begins with a fresh breakfast followed by a three- hour workshop at 10:00 AM. Total workshop time for the retreat will be twelve hours. The afternoon can be spent working in the studio, visiting local sites, swimming in a nearby lake or walking the mountain trails. Dinner is eaten overlooking our field and gorgeous meadows. Evening hours are devoted to worktime.

Fees: $900 includes tuition, private room, private studio and all meals. $650 includes tuition and meals only. $1,500 for two Workshop Retreats.Limited financial aid, based on need, is available. Millay Colony Alumni who are part of our Alumni Artists Group receive a 15% discount. Participants may purchase a thirty-minute Private Consultation with instructors for $150. Manuscripts (20 pages maximum) must be sent in advance.

To Sign Up: Send an email with a brief work sample (up to ten pages, links to online work are fine) and a $450 (non-refundable) deposit. The remaining fee is due one month prior to the workshop. Please indicate if you require lodging and studio space for the Retreats. Send To: Amina Henry at amina@millaycolony.org. Pay deposit via PayPal using our DONATE Button. Or send a check/work sample to The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. For more information please get in touch with Amina Henry at amina@millaycolony.org.