“The joy of working in form is, for me, the paradoxical freedom form bestows to saying the hard
truths,” stated the widely-acclaimed former United States Poet Laureate, Maxine Kumin. Could
it do the same for you? In this poetry workshop, we’ll be experimenting with a variety of poetic
forms, from the traditional sonnet to the French rondeau to the contemporary Golden Shovel—
equipping you with a number of new stylistic techniques for your poet’s-bag-of-tricks. (Working
in forms is likely to do wonders for your free verse, too!) In the end—with the help of your fellow
workshoppers, some great examples, and your own good ear—you’ll have a whole new set of tools
for combining your own fresh ideas with time-tested patterns from the past, and some irresistible
innovations from the present day.
Marilyn L. Taylor, Ph.D., former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, is
the author of eight poetry collections. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Able Muse, Measure, Light and
Raintree Review, among many other journals and anthologies. She was recently awarded the Margaret Reid
Poetry Prize for verse in forms and was a finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet award, the X.J. Kennedy
Parody Contest and the 2017 Lascaux Review prize. She also edited the recent anthology titled Love Affairs
at the Villa Nelle (Kelsay Books, 2018). Taylor currently serves on the editorial staffs of Verse-Virtual and
Third Wednesday poetry journals.