In this period of awakened political consciousness, it is not surprising that political poetry is coming back into the writer’s repertoire because it allows a more immediate response to events than longer forms. This workshop will explore a wide variety of examples drawn from different eras and circumstances as we experiment with our own writing—enjoying the opportunity to rant as well as to craft poems that may have a life in print. We will divide our time among activities of free-writing, reading and discussing published poems to open up possibilities for ourselves, and revising what we have written. Our goal will be to understand “what works” for us in this genre of poetry.
Estella Lauter has been writing political poetry for many years. One of those poems won the 2009 Barbara Mandigo Kelley Peace Poetry Contest and others appear in three chapbooks she has published with Finishing Line Press, but she sees herself as an explorer rather than an expert on the subject. She is Professor Emerita from UW Oshkosh after a long teaching career in the UW System. She lives with her husband on 31 acres of woodland in Door County where she does whatever she can to promote peace and justice. She served as Door County Poet Laureate, 2013-15.
Tuition for the day-long workshop is $90, which includes lunch as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Door County teachers and students are eligible to take the class for free. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-868-1457.