A Poetry Intensive led by Ashley Toliver.
“Whatever inspiration is, it’s born from a continuous ‘I don’t know.’” - Wisława Szymborska
In this three-hour workshop, we'll seek to uncover the obsessions, ideas, and imagery that drive our poems. Through experimentation with radical revision and embodied writing exercises, we'll tap into our inner knowing to find more wildness in our work and more freedom in the creative process. Come with 5-10 unfinished poems and an openness to pursuing intuitive pathways in this dynamic class.
ASHLEY TOLIVER is the author of Spectra (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the 2018 Believer Book Awards. She teaches poetry at the The Attic Institute in southeast Portland and serves as poetry editor at Moss. A Journal of the Pacific Northwest. Her work has been supported by fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2013. A selection of poems available online can be found below.