Instructor: Loren Kleinman
Borderline Poetry: Writing the Prose Poem Prose poetry is often considered the gateway drug to writing poems. It’s the best of both worlds, bordering on fiction and poetry, nonfiction and fiction, memoir and poetry. Of all the forms, prose poems allow the writer to experiment with language by retracing or tracing consciousness that the reader will encounter line by line in paragraph form. Often lyrical in tone, the prose poem forces the writer and the reader into its structural prosaic space, unraveling a complex narrative. In this workshop, we’ll explore how the form functions, how to revise it, and how to build prose poems into lyrical narratives.
LOREN KLEINMAN is an American-born poet and writer with roots in New Jersey. Her writing explores the results of love and loss, and how both themes affect an individual’s internal and external voice. Her poetry appeared in The New York Times, Drunken Boat, The Moth, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, Columbia Journal, Stony Thursday Anthology (Arts Council Ireland) LEVURE LITTÉRAIRE, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (PLR), Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000, 2003, and 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee, and was a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Prize finalist for poetry.Her collection of poetry include Flamenco Sketches, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs, Breakable Things and Stay with Me Awhile. Her debut novel, This Way to Forever released with Evatopia Press late August 2016. She recently finished a memoir The Woman with a Million Hearts published by BlazeVOX, and is currently working on a screenplay called Self, Help. She is the co-founder of National Translation Month, a month-long celebration of writing in translation during the month of September.