John Yau’s Poetry Writing Workshop — May 18!

Learn how to gather the raw materials of poems from a wide range of sources–make something unexpected. Surprise yourself! Sunday, May 18, 2-6. $50. Get in touch with Toni Hanner at to register for the workshop. Also, check out the Facebook page at

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with the author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Yau’s recent publications include Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012) and A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (2009). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a Professor of Critical Studies in the Visual Arts program at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). He is the editor of the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend Edition. (

John Yau describes his workshop — Is it possible to learn to write what you don’t know? Can writing become what you discover as you write, moving from word to word? Suppose there is nothing to unlock, no need for inspiration, no need to write about something that happened. Can you still write? Can one gather materials together, like an artist organizing his or her palette? Can you use those materials to make a poem, something unexpected? The workshop will focus on different ways of gathering materials from a wide range of sources as well as developing ways of putting them together. Everyone will need to bring a computer with wi-fi capabilities and paper to write on.