Poetry and Memory with Tyler Mills

    Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM until Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:00 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Tyler Mills
    Two hour VIRTUAL sessions on Wednesdays
    12:00pm to 2:00pm EST
    Workshop is limited to 12 participants

    Please note: January sessions are four weeks long. 

    Course Description

    How can we connect memory and metaphor to sing our life’s songs? To speak to history and myth? To weave stories into personae that stretch the limits of what we think we know? In this four-week generative poetry workshop, you will write (or work on) four poems that we will workshop together each week, and we will read and think about poems by Lucille Clifton, Adrienne Rich, Larry Levis, and Vievee Francis.

    Our first class will be focused on craft and honing in on what the techniques of building memory, metaphor and scene into our poems can do. Then, the following four weeks, you’ll generate a brand-new poem using an exercise I provide (or share a poem in progress) that you’ll bring to workshop and that we will talk about. We will compassionately and thoughtfully offer feedback about the poems you bring to class in this generative workshop. Everyone who brings a poem to class will have work discussed. At the end of each session, we’ll think about the following week’s poem. At the end of our four weeks together, you’ll have four poems that you’ve been building in a positive and empathetic community of writers. Poets of all levels are welcome, as are prose writers who would like to take a poetry workshop for the first time.

    Who Should Take This Class? 

    Poets of all levels and prose writers who write (or want to write) poems.

    Your Instructor

    Tyler Mills is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is the author of City Scattered (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), Hawk Parable (Akron Poetry Prize winner, University of Akron Press 2019), and Tongue Lyre (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award winner, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (Diode Editions Chapbook Prize, Diode Editions 2021). She is also the author of an in-progress essay manuscript, The Bomb Cloud, winner of a 2021 Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC Literature Grant, which investigates her grandfather’s possible involvement in the Nagasaki mission in conversation with the legacy of nuclear history in New Mexico, where she lived for four years. She taught at universities in Maryland, Chicago, and New Mexico. Her poems have appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Bennington Review, Brevity, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. The recipient of residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Tyler Mills teaches for the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, edits The Account, and lives in Brooklyn.         


    “I was always looking forward to this class, and I am sad it is over!I enjoyed the prompts, I enjoyed the discussions, and I enjoyed the community that Tyler did such a lovely job crafting. I feel like I have gained much more confidence in my writing.” - former student

    “I’ve really seen myself grow in terms of ability to produce self reflective pieces; things like focusing on carnal details, allowing myself to be vulnerable, and experimenting with dialogue has helped expand my writing tool kit.” - former student

    “Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring class. I really enjoyed it. My main goal was to jumpstart my writing again and set the goal to complete my memoir and begin the publishing phase. This class was the push I was looking for and needed.” - former student

    "Tyler Mills exemplifies the best qualities in a teacher of poetry. She is a fountain of information about craft and innovation. She is an encourager, building her students confidence by highlighting their strengths. Beyond that, she is an astute editor that importantly, gives feedback that amplifies the poet’s unique voice. Her wise counsel about the business of poetry and getting published has been life changing for me." - former student

    "Anything Tyler teaches, I am in—be it poetry, memoir, or lyrical essay. She provides the most engaging prompts, her lectures stimulate rich discussions, and her thoughtful feedback goes to the writing’s heart, setting the writer ready to move the poem or piece to the next level. In short, all of Tyler's workshops I have attended have been enriching beyond expectations." - former student

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