801 Crockett St
The workshop will focus on the concept of the “lyric object,” a tangible object that holds emotional weight in a poem. Lyric objects can provide an emotional vantage point for a speaker, contain memories, tell stories, or create a turn in a poem. Participants will be invited to bring in an object which is evocative to them or to focus on one that is provided. We will discuss several examples of poems focusing on objects by poets such as Francis Ponge and Elizabeth Bishop, then write our own poems based on our objects. My aim will be for everyone participating to have a draft of a poem and the momentum to keep working on it. Participants will be invited to share their work.
*****All genres welcome. Workshop focuses on skills applied to fiction and nonfiction writers, as well as poets.
Andy Young is an artist/teacher in the creative writing department at NOCCA/Riverfront in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her most recent chapbook, All Fires the Fire, was published this year in a limited, hand-made edition by Faulkner House Books (orders: call 504-524-2940 or email Faulkhouse@aol.com), and her chapbook, mine, was recently reprinted by Lavender Ink. Winner of the Faulkner Society’s Marble Faun Award, Pushcart Prize nominee and a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellow, she was a guest of the US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, in the summer of 2003 where she read and performed her work. Her poems have recently appeared in Dublin’s The Stinging Fly and in the anthology Another South: Experimental Writing in the South. Originally from West Virginia, her words have been translated into Spanish, Catalan and Arabic and featured in electronic music, jewelry designs, and dance and theatre productions.