Poetry of Place Workshop

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Author John Sibley Williams presents Poetry of Place Workshop. In this workshop we will study and discuss poems by other writers to see how they evoke place, focusing on authenticity, universality, and the musicality of language. There will be group brainstorming and plenty of writing time for attendees to draft their own new work. It will conclude with attendees sharing what they've written.

This presentation is for all levels of writers and should provide insights for prose writers as well.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another, Skin Memory, Summon, Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. He has also served as editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies, Alive at the Center and Motionless from the Iron Bridge. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Laux/Millar Prize, Wabash Prize, Philip Booth Award, Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a freelance poetry editor, writing coach, and literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Colorado Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies.

John holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier University and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University. He teaches poetry for Literary Arts as part of their Writers in the Schools program and for The People’s Colloquium. He  is currently constructing a digital poetry workshop platform, Caesura Poetry Workshop. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner and boisterous twin toddlers, Kaiya and Gabriel.