R217. From Tetrameter to Terza Rima: Prosody as a Catalyst for Discovery in the Workshop

Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Formal poetics can enliven workshops and offer students access to a rich set of traditions, replete with potential for new work. As teachers and authors of guides to poetic craft, the panelists have introduced students to formal prosody in college courses and in community settings. How can craft guides be used to encourage experimentation with meter, fixed forms, and procedural work? Their titles offer a wide range of strategies; they will discuss these as well as other possibilities.



Anna Lena Phillips Bell’s projects include the fine-press poetry guidebook A Pocket Book of Forms. The recipient of a 2015 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she is editor of Ecotone and Lookout Books, and she teaches in the creative writing department at UNC Wilmington.

Kim Addonizio's latest books are The Palace of Illusions (stories) and My Black Angel: Blues Poems & Portraits. She is the author of five other poetry collections, two novels, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius.

Annie Finch’s most recent books of poetry and poetics are A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry, Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, and Spells: New and Selected Poems. She directs PoetCraft Circles, an online community centering on poetic form.

Timothy Steele is the author of several collections of poems, including Sapphics against Anger and Other Poems, The Color Wheel, and Toward the Winter Solstice. He has also published books and essays about poetry and literary history.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center