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The Poetry Book Project, an intensive, two-year program for writers of book-length manuscripts of poetry. Applications for the 2014/2015 program are due July 25, 2014.
What makes The Poetry Book Project the creative writing program for you?
WHY DID WE CREATE THE POETRY BOOK PROJECT?
Over the years, we’ve seen great poetry come out of the Lighthouse workshops, but we had a nagging feeling we could be doing more to support book-length projects—and the intensive learning—that people are undertaking. Our members are often working under the constraints of full-time jobs and full lives, so we wanted to re-envision the best way we could support their efforts.
The limitations of a typical workshop—ideally suited to short stories, essays, and individual poems—on book-length projects are well known, and MFA programs to literary centers have been trying to address them. Workshopping single poems is an option that many people benefit from, but this is not always ideal—readers and instructors are often unfamiliar with the larger project and the voice of the poet—and writers themselves can become prematurely focused on revising just a few poems over and over, and momentum toward a collection can be slowed or shut down.
We feel the best thing we can give our book writers is a customized program that helps writers focus on a schedule, a timeframe, and a set of aesthetic goals. Our program pairs each writer with a mentor who will help him or her chart a path through the project, and also provides another necessary element—a community of writers to inspire and hold accountable each artist to his or her goals. At the end of the program, each writer will emerge with a book of poems, a book the writer can be proud of, plus a support team ready to help him or her take the next steps.
Poetry Mentor – Chris Ransick, MA, MA
Chris Ransick, Denver Poet Laureate 2006 to 2010, won a Colorado Book Award for poetry for his first book, Never Summer. His subsequent collection of short stories, A Return To Emptiness, was a finalist for the 2005 Colorado Book Award in Fiction. He is author of three other books, including Language for the Living and the Dead, which was published in 2013. New editions of all his titles are available or forthcoming from Conundrum Press.
A native New Yorker, he has lived in Montana, Wyoming, California, and Colorado, working as a reporter, editor, and professor. He served as assistant to the editors on the definitive anthology, The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology. Chris holds masters degrees in English/Creative Writing and journalism, and has taught at Lighthouse since 2005.
John Brehm, MFA
John Brehm, MFA, is the author of two books of poems, Help Is On the Way and Sea of Faith, both from the University of Wisconsin Press, and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His poems have been published in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Boulevard, The Missouri Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He has taught at Cornell, Emerson College, Portland State University, and The Oregon Writers Workshop. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon but returns as often as possible to teach reading-as-a-writer courses at Lighthouse.
Michael Henry, MFA
Michael Henry is co-founder and Executive Director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in places such as 5280 Magazine, Georgetown Review, Threepenny Review, Pleiades, and Copper Nickel, and he’s published three books of poetry, Active God, No Stranger Than My Own (Conundrum Press), and Intersection, a chapbook. He holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester, and an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. A former Colorado Council on the Arts and PlatteForum fellow, he’s also collaborated with Garrett Ammon, award-winning artistic director of Wonderbound ballet company, on three narrative ballets, When the Power Goes Out, Intersection, and Gone West.
Sara Michas-Martin, MFA
Sara Michas-Martin has taught creative writing for the University of Michigan, Stanford University, Goddard College and as a Writer-in-the–Schools. She is the author of Gray Matter, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize and a recipient of a Wallace Stegner fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ conference. Her essays and poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best New Poets, Cura, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, Harvard Review, New England Review, Threepenny Review and elsewhere.
Other instructors to be added very soon!
Year One – The Generator
Monthly Mentor Conferences (12 meetings total)
Year Two – Make It Great
Work closely with your mentor as you polish your draft, make your book stand out from the crowd, and prepare for publication.
Full Manuscript Prep and Critique
A monthly or quarterly payment plan—at no interest—is available.
The inaugural session of The Poetry Book Project starts in August 2014. The application deadline is July 25, 2014. Access the application here.
Your application will include: