The University of Iowa

Close Reading, Enlightened Writing: Elizabeth Bishop & Terrance Hayes

Weekend June 27 to June 28 2020

In this workshop, we’ll take a patient, close look at two revered American poets from the 20th and 21st centuries, spending a full day on each of these marvelous lyricists. By bringing our collective vision and presence to styles and subject matter present in a handful of poems, we’ll translate our close reading and appreciation into six fresh poems that both borrow from our reading and bear our own singular stamp.


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