January 20 • 1:00 PM (EST) - 4:00 PM (EST)
About the workshop
Learn from award-winning poet, author, and educator Kelly Grace Thomas how to mine and create metaphors full of surprise, punch, and power!
Kelly, winner of the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, will teach new craft approaches and generative exercises to transform your writing. We will read and discuss work from contemporary poets such as Patricia Smith, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Danez Smith, Franny Choi, Stevie Edwards, Warsan Shire, and more.
In this workshop, participants will: • Discuss how metaphors build power • Transform language to surprise and capture • Dive into dynamics of diction and shifts in syntax • Learn replicable techniques to transform your writing • Leave with three new drafts
What you will be reading
"Sonnet LXV” by Pablo Neruda “5 P. M TUESDAY AUGUST 23, 2005” by Patricia Smith “I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain” by Emily Dickinson “Worry”by sam sax “Buffet Etiquette” by Hieu Minh Nguyen “Summer,” by Robin Coste Lewis “Cockfight” by Hieu Minh Nguyen
This workshop will be recorded for the convenience of those unable to attend live. The recorded session will be emailed to participants the following day.
About the instructor
Kelly Grace Thomas is a poet, writer, educator, and an ocean-obsessed Aries from Jersey. Her first full-length collection, Boat Burned, was released with YesYes Books in 2020. She is the winner of the Jane Underwood Poetry Prize and the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. Kelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Adroit, Best New Poets, 32 Poems, Los Angeles Review, Muzzle, Sixth Finch, and more. Kelly has received fellowships from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and Kenyon Review Young Writers’ Workshop. Kelly is the co-author of Voices in Verse: Poetry, Identity and Ethnic Studies; Stanzas of America: Celebrating BIPOC Poetry; and Words Ignite: Explore, Write and Perform Classic and Spoken Word Poetry (Literary Riot). Kelly is currently a Blackburn Fellow and MFA candidate at Randolph College. She lives in Benicia, California with her husband, daughter and sister. www.kellygracethomas.com
Learn to write powerful metaphors in your poetry