Poetry Retreat

August 13-17 for 2022 in-person with Visiting Writer Patricia Smith

Maximum 12 participants

Cost: $350, due within two weeks of acceptance.

The week will include morning sessions consisting of poetry craft talks and a daily writing prompt, the results of which may be shared on a voluntary basis the following morning. After lunch, participants will have the afternoon to write, reflect, take advantage of the lake and area attractions, get a massage or take a yoga class, have a personal consultation with LouAnn Muhm, and/or attend an optional afternoon session in which writers will present up to five pages poems to the group for feedback. 

LouAnn Muhm will facilitate and lead the workshop, with the exception of one afternoon and one morning session which will be taught by the renowned poet Patricia Smith. Smith will also give a public reading of her poetry, with an opportunity for participants to read their poems, as well. The reading will be followed by a Q and A session and book signing. This is a rare opportunity to work with a world-class writer in an intimate, small-group setting.

While the lodge will be quiet space for writing (outside of workshop sessions and meals), there are plenty of outside areas for impromptu conversations with other writers.

patricia-2Patricia Smith is a poet, teacher, and performance artist. She is the author of Incendiary Art (Northwestern University Press, 2017), winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, given for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States each year; Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award; Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press, 2006), a 2005 National Poetry Series selection; Close to Death (Zoland Books, 1993); Big Towns, Big Talk (Zoland Books, 1992), which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award; and Life According to Motown (Tía Chucha Press, 1991).

Her poems have been published in many anthologies, including American Voices (McGraw-Hill, 2005), The Spoken Word Revolution (2003), and Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Three Rivers Press, 2001). She is also the coauthor of the history book Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998), along with the children’s book Janna and the Kings (Lee & Low Books, 2003). 

Smith is a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, and Best American Mystery Stories. She has written and performed two one-woman plays, one of which was produced by Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theater Workshop. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2017.

Smith is a Cave Canem faculty member, teaches in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, and is a professor of creative writing at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island. She lives in Howell, New Jersey.

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