Do some or all of your poems tell stories? Are you a fiction writer wanting a more lyrical, poetic quality in your prose? Jesse Graves, teacher, poet, and editor, shows how to bring drama and strong narratives into your lines.
This workshop offers a number of prompts and examples designed to bring narrative elements into new poems, giving writers the opportunity to explore historical and character-driven topics, as well as their own personal subject matter. The impulse to tell stories through poetry goes back to Homer and the Greek epics, and continues to play an essential, if under-examined, role in contemporary poetry. Writers will leave this session with new material, and thoughts and suggestions on how to revise those ideas into finished poems.
Jesse Graves is the author of three poetry collections, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine (2011), Basin Ghosts (2014), and Specter Mountain (2018). He received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, two Weatherford Awards for Poetry, and the Philip H. Freund Prize from Cornell University.