2018 Spring Poetry Colloquium

The 2018 Spring Poetry Colloquium is the third installment in this seminar-style series aimed at writers wishing to explore topics in poetry as a means of developing their own work.

What poems thrill us as readers, and why? How do we find a poem’s form? Loquacious or spare, cerebral or spiritual—how do we know and embrace our own poetic voice? What ideals are we striving for in our writing? These are the sorts of practical and philosophical questions we’ll ask in this intensive, six-week encounter with poetry.

Readings, including essays, interviews and poems by celebrated and emerging poets in English and in translation are distributed a week ahead as springboards into the following week’s discussion. Each week, there is also a roundtable during which participants present questions or ideas that they’re grappling with in their own practice. Written feedback on five pages of poetry by each participant is included in the fee.

The colloquium is suitable for those who have been writing poetry for at least two years and have begun submitting their work to literary journals, as well as for those who have been writing for a longer time and may be developing a manuscript.

When: Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., May 2 to June 6, 2018
Where: Old Ottawa South (details provided at registration)
Cost: $275 (includes written feedback on 5 pages of poetry)
*Space is limited*

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


“[I]t was an enriching experience… And so much fun being able to discuss specific poems and poetics with a group of interested and interesting peers.” (Colloquium participant)

“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