Theme for English B: Building Poems Around Themes
With Lisa Montagne
When: Starting August 14
Writing poems around a theme can lead you to mine the depths of a subject to find meaning on many levels. In this workshop, you will choose a theme or specific topic—like technology, food, or disappointment—and refine existing poems or generate 4 to 5 new poems on this theme or topic. For inspiration, the class will read, explore, and discuss work by poets such as Hughes, Collins, Angelou, Eliot, and others. In this workshop, you will be a member of a vibrant online learning community. You will discuss the writing process with your workshop facilitator and fellow participants, write poems, share them, revise, edit, and create a final portfolio for feedback. You may even record yourself delivering your poems to present to the workshop participants as a friendly and supportive “practice audience.”
Lisa Montagne is an artist, writer, and college educational technology specialist and English professor who lives and works in Southern California. She has performed poems in Portland, Oregon, and all over Southern California, including a featured solo show at the Beyond Baroque literary center in Los Angeles, for the Writ Large Press and PenWriter America New Works Series in West Hollywood, for Linda Kaye Presents, for Lummis Day 2016, and for the The Ear literary and arts magazine. She has had short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction published by Running Wild Press, The Ear literary and arts magazine, and Boomer Reviews.com. Montagne is an alumni of the Yale Writer’s Workshop. You can find selections of her fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction at lisamontagne.com.