Contemporary Poetry with Rachael Allen – April 27th *COURSE FULL*

A fantastic opportunity for those who write and love poetry to work with Rachael Allen, author of Kingdomland (Faber, 2019) and poetry editor at GRANTA, this workshop is a must for all Berlin-based poets, both beginners and those with significant poetry writing experience. In class, we’ll be reading from the best of contemporary poetry, undertaking writing exercises and workshopping your work. You’ll gain feedback, insight and encouragement from this hugely exciting talent.

For poets writing today, it’s vital to see and know what’s being written and published now, yet it can be difficult to know where to begin. Rather than falling back on reading canonised work, this workshop will familiarise you with poets, presses and publishers from outside the mainstream houses.

Focusing on contemporary poets – particularly poets in translation, poets published by smaller or independent presses and poets who work with other mediums – this course will guide participants through close readings of a selection of poems, honing in on techniques and forms that the poets use so that we might utilise them in ourselves. Looking at work from poets like Noelle Kocot, Etel Adnan, Oki Sogumi, Sylvia Legris, Anthony Caleshu and Zeyar Lynn, we will take a broad look at some of the most exciting poets and themes of today. With an opportunity to both write in the class, and bring texts that you have written previously to be workshopped, this course will cover the thematics and craft of contemporary poetry, while also allowing time for poems to be written and critiqued.

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Rachael Allen’s first collection of poems, KINGDOMLAND, was published by Faber & Faber in 2019. Her collaboration with the painter Marie Jacotey, NIGHTS OF POOR SLEEP, was published as a co-authored artists’ book in 2017 by Test Centre. Rachael is poetry editor at GRANTA and co-founder of poetry press clinic and online journal TENDER. She is the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award and an Eric Gregory Award.


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