UPSTATE WORKSHOP: GO LONG: SONNET CROWNS, POEM SEQUENCES AND LONG POEMS WITH DANEZ SMITH

GO LONG: Sonnet Crowns, Poem Sequences, and Long Poems with DANEZ SMITH

September 28 to October 1 

Course DescriptionWhat 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 the workshop, Danez Smith will guide you to write, experiment, and edit towards a single, large work. You will also be guided through 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