University of Iowa

Max Garland

Max Garland is the author of The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. Previous books include The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition. He has received an NEA Poetry Fellowship, a Michener Fiction fellowship, inclusion in Best American Short Stories, and fellowships in both poetry and fiction from the Wisconsin Arts Board. A native of Kentucky, where he worked as a rural letter carrier on the route where he was born, he is Professor Emeritus at UW-Eau Claire and the current Writer-in-Residence for the city of Eau Claire. He is also a songwriter and the former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 16 to June 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Max Garland

Borrowing a phrase from Toni Morrison, in this workshop we’ll help each other imagine our way toward what seems distant, strange, remote to our experience. Also, we’ll work our poems toward a deeper imagining of things close at hand: people, places and things so familiar we may have become blinded to their beauty or sadness or depth. One thinks of Pablo Neruda’s odes on common objects which wind up exploding the mundane into the fabulous.