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[Cancelled] Lyric Poetry with Robert Ostrom

Date(s): Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Cost: $119 Regular, $99 Student

About the Class

In order to prioritize the health of our community, this event has been cancelled due to concerns around the potential spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions, please reach out to Education Programs Manager Malik Toms at For more information about our response to COVID-19, read the Piper Center's statement at or visit ASU's official website at

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From Sappho to Claudia Rankine, in this workshop we will observe how conceptualizations of lyric poetry have changed, paying close attention to what about these poems stirs, provokes, and excites us. Then, by excavating personal memory, emotions, and dreams through a variety of in-class writing exercises, we will experiment with the lyric in our own practice. During our time together, we will conduct procedures to beckon the muse by unearthing our distinctive inner-symbols and metaphors, exploring image and music-making, and employing leaps.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of Robert Ostrom

Robert Ostrom is the author of Sandhour, Ritual and Bit, and The Youngest Butcher in Illinois. He lives in Ridgewood, Queens and teaches at New York City College of Technology.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at