We’re pleased to present our Special Guests for the 2017 Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway: Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds. Stephen and Sharon will both lead special sessions of the Advanced Poetry Workshop. The 24th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, a writers’ conference near Atlantic City, NJ, will take place January 13-16, 2017.
Stephen Dunn is the author of 19 volumes of poetry including his latest chapbook, Keeper of Limits: The Mrs. Cavendish Poems, published in 2015, by Sarabande. His previous books include Different Hours, which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Lines of Defense (2014) and Here and Now (2011), all from W.W. Norton. Stephen has received awards and fellowships from American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Mid-American Review and many others. A new and expanded edition of his book of essays, Walking Light, was published in 2001. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at Stockton University, but spends most of his time in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd. You can watch this video of Stephen giving a reading or read a few of his poems.
** Stephen will lead three special Advanced Poetry Writing sessions at the Getaway.**
Sharon Olds is the author of eleven volumes of poetry including Stag’s Leap (2012), which was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Reads and awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her numerous honors include the T.S. Eliot Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the San Francisco Poetry Center Award, the Lamont Poetry Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches graduate poetry workshops at NYU as well as the writing workshop she helped found at a state hospital for the severely disabled. Often compared to “confessional” poets, she has been praised for the courage and extraordinary physicality of her work. Her most recent collection, Odes, was published in September 2016. You can watch this video of Sharon giving a reading or read a few of her poems.
** Sharon will lead three special Advanced Poetry Writing sessions at the Getaway.**
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“Many participants have been attending for years and within a day I realized why: the community is so warm and friendly. Peter is a dream host. The poetry workshops are challenging and rigorous yet lack intimidation. It’s a blend that’s magic.”
~ Caits, Advanced Poetry Writing Participant, New York, NY
About the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
Escape the distractions of your busy life. Advance your craft and energize your writing at the Winter Getaway. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Learn more
The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is presented by Murphy Writing of Stockton University.