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Stranded Artist: Workshop

  • WE Labs 235 E Broadway, 8th Floor Long Beach, CA, 90802 United States (map)

We are proud to announce our 2nd annual STRANDED ARTIST event will feature award-winning Cave Canem fellows Geffrey Davis and F. Douglas Brown. 
The Stranded Artist workshop is a one-day class lead by a out-of-town writer. It is a rare opportunity to work with a published author, to learn new perspectives on writing, craft, and the business of poetry. 

Here is a brief description of the course our visiting authors have designed: 

F. Douglas Brown and Dr. Geffrey Davis, as fathers, as sons, as poets will use Sylvia Plath's poem, "Daddy," as a springboard to explore how to negotiate parenting onto the page.  One does not have to be a parent to appreciate the particular thematic aspects of poetry such as confusion, unrest, bravery (and lack there of), confession, as well as utter joy or utter sadness.  We will go beyond parenting and seek to address three areas of the Plath poem (see below) in an attempt to delve into the well of memory, mystery and the excitement of possibility. For each of the Plath aspect areas, there will be handouts for a short craft discussion, a writing prompt, and brief critique to help form the raw potential of any nascent work.   Participants will be given prompts from each aspect in advance, and are asked to bring three typed poems (10 copies each) to this meeting, understanding all three may not be addressed directly in the workshop.  However, this exploration will employ key suggestions and techniques to render the ponderous into a performance of language on the page.

(Please register early to receive access to the writing prompts and to secure your seat, there are a limited number of spots available). 


GEFFREY DAVIS grew up in Tacoma, WA and teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of Revising the Storm (BOA Editions, 2014), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Other distinctions include the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, nominations for the Pushcart, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

F. DOUGLAS BROWN of Los Angeles is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three (University of Georgia Press 2014). Mr. Brown, an educator for twenty years, teaches English at Loyola High School, an all-boys Jesuit school. He holds a MA in Literature and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. His poems have appeared in Toegood Poetry, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Transfer Magazine and Santa Clara Review. When he is not teaching, writing or with his two children, Isaiah and Olivia, he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area.

Earlier Event: October 16
Inspiration & Persona with Nancy Lynee Woo
Later Event: November 1
Stranded Artist: Reading