University of Iowa

Katie Ford

Katie Ford is the author of Deposition, Colosseum, and Blood Lyrics, the third of which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Rilke Prize. Colosseum was named among the “Best Books of 2008” by Publishers Weekly and the Virginia Quarterly Review and led to a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Prize. The New Yorker, The Norton Introduction to Literature, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, and The American Poetry Review have published her poems. Her next book, If You Have To Go, will be published by Graywolf Press in August. She is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the M.F.A. Program at the University of California, Riverside, and has taught poetry for fifteen years. She lives in South Pasadena with her young daughter, Maggie.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 17 to June 22 2018

This workshop is a communal effort toward deep and considered critique of original poems set before us by workshop participants. Our goal together will be a studied effort toward the powerful, mesmerizing poem, no matter what style or form the poem before us takes. The beginning half of each session will focus on a sample of masterful poems from history that might act as guides and examples of poetic techniques, including lineation, lyricism, diction, form, and figuration. We will dedicate the other half of each session to workshop.

Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

In this generative weekend course, we will spend the majority of each session writing from original prompts designed to wrench you out of your ruts and open you to the vast array of poetic shapes and styles. To that end, you’ll receive a selection of poems throughout the weekend that we will discuss in order to ignite our creativity toward our own new drafts. A wide variety of exercises will be practiced, with a goal of twelve new “starts” or drafts.