2016 Fall Poetry Colloquium

What poems thrill us as readers, and why? How do we find a poem’s form? What ideals are we striving for in our own writing? These are the sorts of practical and philosophical questions we’ll ask in this eight-week colloquium for writers wanting to explore topics in poetry as a means of developing their own work. The colloquium is open to those who have been writing poetry for at least two years and/or have had work published in at least two literary journals.

Readings such as essays and interviews, along with poems by 20th- and 21st-century writers such as Rilke, Anne Carson, Geoffrey Hill, Alice Oswald, Louise Glück, Franz Wright, Louise Bernice Halfe, Dionne Brand, Tim Lilburn and others, will be distributed a week ahead as springboards into the following week’s discussion. Each week, time will also be devoted to a roundtable in which participants present poetry-related questions or ideas they’re grappling with. Each session will end with a writing prompt to be tackled during the week. Written feedback on five pages of poetry by each participant is included in the fee.

When: Thursdays 7–9:30 p.m., Sept. 29 to Nov. 17, 2016 (room open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Old Ottawa South (details provided at registration)
Cost: $275

For more information or to register, email Deanna at: deannayoung9 [at] gmail [dot] com (deannayoung9@gmail.com). Space is limited.


“I’m starting to tell people that I have a book deal. I couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks for all the help you provided at an early stage of the manuscript!”(First-time author)

“I appreciated the range of readings and the exposure to poets I was not familiar with. Receiving feedback on my poems was an important component of the colloquium. Your knowledge of poets and poetry was most impressive.” (Colloquium participant)

“I enjoyed the discussions quite a lot, as well as your selections for readings—both the articles on poetics as well as some great poems by writers I hadn’t read before. I also appreciated your comments on my poems. [It was] really a great format and a great addition to the poetry scene.” (Colloquium participant)

“Each of Deanna Young’s spare, pitch-perfect poems seems to contain a novel… This is a poetry that makes memory sharper, consciousness larger, life longer in all directions.”

—Jury, 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry

“…poetry clothed in darkness but ignited from within by brilliant bursts of light.”
—Jury, 2015 Ottawa Book Awards