University of Iowa

Katie Ford

Katie Ford is the author of four books of poems, most recently If You Have to Go (Graywolf Press, 2018). Her third book, Blood Lyrics, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Rilke Prize. Colosseum, her second, 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. Her poems have appeared in The Norton Introduction to Literature, The New Yorker, Poetry MagazineThe Paris Review, and The American Poetry Review. A graduate of Harvard University and The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California at Riverside, and lives in South Pasadena with her young daughter. She’s taught at the Festival intermittently since 2003, and it is her very favorite place to be. 

Instructor Events

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Katie Ford

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.

Weeklong June 23 to June 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Katie Ford

This workshop is a communal effort toward deep and considered critique of original poems by participants. Our depth of engagement will be open, warm, and full of goodwill toward writer and poem. What we’re after is the mesmerizing poem, no matter the style, form, or subject. 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. Writing exercises included.