The University of Iowa

Better Blues: Writing Loss into Presence

Weeklong June 14 to June 19 2020

The elegy offers one of poetry’s most appealing consolations: it can transform loss—and even the threat of loss—into an artful presence. Our sessions will explore how reading and elegiac writing can help us reflect on the lives we've led (and will lead) as we navigate absence. Expect a moving and invigorating workshop—one that isn’t afraid to laugh, either—as we read a wide range of classic and contemporary elegies as models and write poems that help capture and hold the world and its full range of joys and sorrows. You needn't have ever written a poem before; we’ll focus on work generated in our sessions together.


In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments.