The Hinge’s next poetry writing workshop, taught by Chris Tonelli, will begin Thursday, September 1 and run until October 20. Classes will be held at Outsiders Art and Collectibles in Durham every Thursday from 7-9 PM. Registration fee is $250.
Register now: http://hingepoetry-tonelli.eventbrite.com/
About the Class:
The goal for any workshop should be to make the poems that are brought to it the best versions of themselves. In order for this to occur, we must be, to borrow from Keats, “capable of being in uncertainties.” While we all have a unique sense of what a poem is and what makes a poem successful, it is essential that we expand and transform our aesthetic criteria, not only to become the best possible readers for each member of the workshop, but also to increase what is available to us as poets. We will work to create an atmosphere that fosters bold exploration as we write, share, and discuss our poems and will extend this approach to any other materials or exercises we bring to workshop that have helped us with our own writing or may help others with theirs. In addition to invention and revision, we will also devote time to other aspects of the writing process–publishing, giving readings, etc.–as these are essential and necessary to the life of each poem.
About the Instructor:
Chris Tonelli is one of the founding editors of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He also founded and curates the So and So Series and edits the So and So Magazine. He is the author of four chapbooks, most recently No Theater (Brave Men Press) and For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press), and his first full-length collection is The Trees Around. New work can be found in forthcoming issues of Fou and The Laurel Review. He teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife Allison and their son Miles.