"As poets, I believe we should expect to read the poetry of others, of the present and of the past. We may also make a conscious choice to read about poetry, in biographies of artists or history, in craft or criticism of it, as our time and conscious attention allow.

But what about all the other reading we do throughout each day? Living when we do right now, we have both the privilege and burden of being exposed to more information, word or image, in raw volume, than any past generations of human history. How does that change us as poets? How should it?

In this guided conversation, we will seek, in community, to learn how to harness some of our unconscious reading into a practice of conscious work and craft. Lets talk about the news, whether from far off or in our own city, from the friends and strangers of our everyday life. Can we turn a turn of phrase we read or hear into a work of our own? How do we, or can we, manifest a routine ekphrasis of writing about image, or even the sound, of our everyday lives?

Finally, lets take one aspect of our conversation, of your choice, and turn that into a generative writing prompt.

Let's help kick off the Winter Poetry Festival! Looking forward to the discussion, and the work."

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"Hip-Hop & Spoken Word: A Guide

to Self-Care


Music is powerful. Music is universal.

Music is meditation. Music is

expression. Hip-Hop is no different.


This genre provides individuals the

ability to express themselves through

lyrics, and feel the rhythm as they

nod their head to the beat or bump it

in the whip.


Join us as we examine this craft. But

- more importantly - rhyming,

listening, dancing, and laughing as

we make our own rap song together."



"Loneliness, pain, loss, uncertainty, and illness -- the human condition is filled with moments that are unfair and unkind, and we often turn to writing to make sense of what is happening around us and within us. How do we move away from the perception that we are broken and in need of fixing? Using generative writing exercises, we will mine memory, family history, and fractured narratives of the self to build writing practices rooted in compassion and imagination. Open to all levels of writers."



"Poetry For Dreamers:

Exploring Myth & Archetype As We Uncover Ourselves

A workshop at the PDX Poetry Fest and Independent Publishing Resource Center

Facilitated by Julia Laxer

Attending students are encouraged to keep a daily dream diary to record details. This is useful for providing inspiration before, throughout, and beyond the course.

General Ideas & Goals:

This workshop introduces participants to Mythological Dream Interpretation as a method for exploring the Poetics of Dreams. Students are encouraged to develop a personal poetic language & mythology to reflect their unique somatic experiences. I will share work from a diverse group of poets from inside, as well as outside the canon, whose writing is inspired by dreams. The workshop will include lessons exploring dream interpretation, archetype, and myth, while acknowledging the similarities and the differences in meaning across global cultures. By writing poems about dreams, and in reference to art, we are responding to the world around us through archetype, culture reflects our universal, everyday, lived-dream experience. Methodology: this workshop will consist of in-class guided activities as well as generative writing assignments / prompts. Participants will receive handouts describing poetry writing techniques, information about mythology and archetype, and examples of poems, as well as images of visual arts inspired by dream interpretation. In this workshop, students will apply these techniques in their poetry practice, culminating in the development of new work.

Suitable for ALL LEVELS."

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"All Levels

All Genres / Writing Styles

Includes Optional Feedback Component

Send a note to skyler@movedbywords.org if you want to send all-genre/all-style work of up to 10 pages in advance to be discussed in class or after class


Drawing from a diverse background of both musical and stage improvisation, Skyler Reed presents a new kind of writing workshop that focuses on how you can say ‘yes’ to every word you write and become consistently re-generative and joyful in your writing process by introducing improvisation techniques into your own work. Create work that is meaningful and ‘yes’-filled from the first word to the last, in IMPROV RULES FOR WRITERS we will work on drawing from both stage improv techniques (such as ‘THE HAROLD’ from The Committee improv group), slam poetry style riffing, and musical improv call-and-response to create new techniques for generating work better, faster, and across any genre or subject with more consistency and less anxiety.

For the IPRC edition of IMPROV RULES FOR WRITERS, we will say ‘yes’ to making a mixed-form series of broadsides in one day based around techniques developed in class and take home prints of our work to celebrate in-class collaboration and writing improvisation."



"In every culture poets have collaborated with music--whether with a lyre in Greece, singing pantoums in Southeast Asia, improvising with jazz or hip hop in America, or ecstatic poetry in the Middle East. Poetry-music duo Thick In The Throat, Honey, has been creating and performing work that pushes both art forms for over a decade. Collaborating with music offers opportunities for poetic discovery in terms of form and sound. In this one-hour workshop, we will generate new work alone and together inspired by both silence and music. Participants will also learn methods of scoring and performing in order to work with musicians in the future. "