Poetry as Collaboration w/ Zachary Schomburg


Come join Zachary Schomburg this summer at Outlet for a six week Poetry and Collaboration workshop.

This will be a generative workshop with a particular attention toward collaboration. Through prompts, exercises, and readings that focus on the idea collaboration, participants will discover new ways of thinking about our own approach to writing, and ultimately learn how to write collaboratively with ourselves (whatever that means). For each of the six weeks, we will focus on a different kind of collaborative poetry writing: (1) with one other person, (2) with multiple people, (3) with a dead poet, (4) as an act of translation, (5) with a machine/computer, (6) and with any other kind of artist.

Our workshop will be capped at 6 people. We will meet once per week for 6 total weeks. 

$200 -$300 (Sliding Scale) total per person for the 6 weeks.
Contact Zach to reserve your spot: zacharyschomburg@gmail.com

Zachary Schomburg is the author of a novel, Mammother (Featherproof, 2017), about a young man who falls in love with objects and collects them on his body until he's too large to live in town. He is also the author of four books of poetry including, most recently, The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean, 2014), an epic poem about a boy who travels to Mars in a spaceship made of bird bones search of his lost friend, Joshua. Fjords (Black Ocean, 2012), which was the winner of the 2012 Oregon Book Award, was adapted by Chicago's shadow puppetry troupe, Manual Cinema, into a multi-disciplinary live feature-length cinematic shadow-puppetry production. Schomburg and Manual Cinema sold out 7 shows at the Poetry Foundation and went on a small east coast tour in support of the show. Schomburg's work, which is known for its tender and absurd humor, was described by YA author, Kelly Link, as "poetry that aims, admirably, to unsettle." And he was described by Publisher's Weekly as "one of the sincerest Surrealists around," and by Huffington Post as "possibly the man who will save poetry for all of those readers who are about to give up on the genre." Schomburg is also a teacher, illustrator, and publisher of a small poetry press, Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, OR.