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Date(s): Wednesdays, Oct. 18 - Nov. 8, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
The daily grind of our busy lives sometimes makes us feel like we are cell phones charged at only 3%—perilously low-energy, uninspired devices. This is particularly alarming for writers when the feeling manifests itself as writer’s block or anxiety that your poems have grown lackluster. In this workshop, we will try out a wonderful slew of new techniques to tap the rich resources of inspiration waiting inside us and outside in our everyday world. We will read and write poems in class and at home, take and share cell phone photos, and respond creatively to each other’s work. The goal of the class is to feel lit-electrified and yet well-grounded by our writing practice—to be a 103%-charged poet and human being.
Sharon Suzuki-Martinez’s first book of poetry, The Way of All Flux, won the 2010 New Rivers Press Poetry Prize. She has received Pushcart and Best of the Web nominations, was awarded fellowships to the Anderson Center at Tower View and Kundiman, grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a scholarship to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her recent poems have appeared in Gargoyle, Duende, Dusie, Rise Up Review, Quarterday Review, Clockhouse, and Algebra of Owls. She previously taught a stand-up poetry class for the Piper Center. Originally from Hawaii, she earned a PhD in English from the University of Arizona, and now lives with her husband David in Tempe.