The University of Iowa

Elizabeth Robinson

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Rumor from Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions and the chapbook Vivian Maier, a collaboration with Susanne Dyckman from Dancing Girl Press. In 2019, University of Akron Press published Quo Anima: innovation and spirituality in contemporary women’s poetry, co-edited by Robinson and Jennifer Phelps.  Robinson has also been a recipient of grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Fund for Poetry, and the Maison Dora Maar. She was a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Fence Modern Poets Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 12 to July 17 2020
Instructor(s): 
Elizabeth Robinson

This class is a workshop in the truest sense: each day we will write, revise, and share our work. Students will be encouraged to try out a wide array of experiments.

Weekend July 18 to July 19 2020
Instructor(s): 
Elizabeth Robinson

This workshop will focus on the use of hybrid forms as a particularly flexible and expressive means of building tone, meaning, and tension in writing. We will try out prompts and share work and ideas in order to stretch the boundaries of what writing can be. What happens when the author breaks up a story with a poem or a lyric meditation? How does a piece of writing benefit by stepping away from a traditional narrative climax to leave the reader in a place of suspense or irresolution? Would the use of documentary or research materials sharpen the effect of the work?