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Revisiting the Sonnet
June 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Neil Perry
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 6/9/18 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The sonnet is the room in the house of poetry that just won’t go away. It is unassuming – a small bedroom perhaps – yet essential. Why do we still write sonnets? How should you write one? What do they mean? This seminar will explore these questions by thinking on the history of the sonnet, the contemporary variety of sonnets, the use of the sonnet in groups (sequences, crowns, etc) and the ways we might, as writers, use it for our own ends. Participants should bring a draft of a sonnet with them to the workshop, and we will also produce some writing on-site.
About the instructor: Nathaniel (Neil) Perry is the author of Nine Acres (American Poetry Review, 2011), which won the 2011 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. His poems and translations have appeared recently in American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Gettysburg Reviews, Bat City Review, and elsewhere. He is the editor of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review and lives with his family in rural southside Virginia.