In this five-week, online workshop, we’ll look at poems made more vivid by details employed by the poet to make each poem feel like a scene from a film. We’ll consider how each poet uses details to ramp up the cinematic qualities of the poem so that they feel like they’re being projected from the page and into our minds. Participants will be given prompts from which to generate new work based on each week’s readings and much of our virtual time will be spent workshopping these drafts. Our shared experience will culminate in a fifth-week showcase where participants can bring in a piece from the last week’s prompt(s) or share a revised poem from a previous week to receive updated feedback on. We’ll read work from poets such as Ada Limon, Louise Gluck, Joan Kwon Glass, Martin Espada, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Jose Hernandez Diaz, Ai, Kelly Russell Agadon, Gabrielle Bates and others. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Seth Leeper is a queer poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Sycamore Review, River Styx, the Journal, Salamander, EcoTheo Review and the Account. A 2022 Brooklyn Poets Fellow, he holds an MA in special education from Pace University and BA in creative writing and fashion journalism from San Francisco State University. He lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. He tweets @sethwleeper.