More With Less: Exploring Short Form Poetry (A Workshop with Larry Sorkin)

These poems are cups / that I pour my life into. / Here, / Drink!― Kamand Kojouri.

This workshop is open to youth in the 6th-12th grade age range.

A few lines can be a revolution in a small cup. This workshop is an invitation to lift the lid on what you might find there, on what you might put there. We’ll explore short form poetry, ancient to modern, Sappho to Dylan. You’ll have a chance to find out what the page wants to write in the container of your own life.

Larry Sorkin is a some-of-the-time North Carolina poet and teacher, a part-time businessman and an occasional performer of poetry with the classical music group, The Bechtler Ensemble. Together, they received the 2022 Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award. He presents workshops exploring the connections between poetry and fine arts, dance, music and depth psychology. He is poet-in-residence at the Airy Knoll Arts Project.

Shannon C. Ward

Raised in a renovated slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Wilmington, Ohio, Shannon Ward is author of the poetry collection Blood Creek (Longleaf Press, 2013). She received an MFA in Poetry from North Carolina State University in 2009, and she is the recipient of the 2016 Foley Poetry Prize, the 2016 White Oak Kitchen Prize in Southern Poetry, and a 2013 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has received generous support from Yaddo, Willapa Bay AIR, the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Hypatia in the Woods, and Vermont Studio Center, and her poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, Great River Review, Tar River Poetry, and others.

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