Old School/New School Poetry Workshop

We, as poets, have inherited an incredible wealth of poetic example from our literary forefathers and mothers. But how do we innovate on those classic poems? How do we build on, subvert, refurbish, and electrify the old as to speak to our contemporary lives? In this workshop, we will write from prompts of old-school/new-school poetry pairings (e.g. Gwendolyn Brooks/Terrance Hayes & Wallace Stevens/Danez Smith), to see how current writers are experimenting with the oldies, and to practice using our own techniques, ushering poetry into our present moment and beyond.

    Tiana Clark  is a Pushcart Prize nominee living, performing, and teaching poetry in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an MFA candidate at Vanderbuilt University, where she is a Poetry Reader for the  Nashville Review . Tiana serves on the board for the non-profit literary center The Porch Writer's Collective. Her poems have appeared in  The Raven Chronicles ,  Word Riot ,  Native Magazine ,  Rattle , and  Crab Orchard Review , and are forthcoming in  Best New Poets 2015 , among others. Find her online at  tianaclark.com .   Jesse Bertron  is an MFA candidate in poetry at Vanderbilt University. He has worked as a carpenter, an actor, and a middle school teacher. His poetry has appeared in  HOOT ,  The Ilanot Review , and  Pocket Guide . He is the Co-director of Poetry at Round Top, an annual poetry festival in the Texas Hill Country.

 

Tiana Clark is a Pushcart Prize nominee living, performing, and teaching poetry in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an MFA candidate at Vanderbuilt University, where she is a Poetry Reader for the Nashville Review. Tiana serves on the board for the non-profit literary center The Porch Writer's Collective. Her poems have appeared in The Raven ChroniclesWord RiotNative MagazineRattle, and Crab Orchard Review, and are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015, among others. Find her online at tianaclark.com.

Jesse Bertron is an MFA candidate in poetry at Vanderbilt University. He has worked as a carpenter, an actor, and a middle school teacher. His poetry has appeared in HOOTThe Ilanot Review, and Pocket Guide. He is the Co-director of Poetry at Round Top, an annual poetry festival in the Texas Hill Country.