Laure-Anne Bosselaar - Writing Workshops

"Hers  is an authentic poetic voice, one serious enough to be heard at the end of this long and brutal century."  Charles Simic

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of  A New Hunger,  which was selected as an American Library Association Notable Book in 2008; The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, and of Small Gods of Grief which was awarded the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry in 2001.  She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been widely anthologized.  She is the editor of four anthologies: Night Out: Poems about Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Bars,  Outsiders: Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades, Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the Cities, and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences. Fluent in four languages, she has translated American poetry into French, as well as French and Flemish poetry into English. Bosselaar is a graduate from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.  She taught at Emerson College in Boston and at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She currently teaches at the University of California Santa Barbara and is a member of the founding faculty at the Low Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College. Website   The Academy of American Poets  Photo: Starr Black


Imagery, Imagination and Revision

This class will focus on two major aspects of writing poetry. To begin with, we will concentrate on imagery and its essential role in poetry -- we will define the image, and look at how the image in a given poem is led up to, formed, and exited. The second aspect of our focus will be on revision. Although this class is offered to experienced writers, some find it difficult to revise their work on their own. Participants will investigate how to strengthen and hone their revision skills by systematically and individually addressing all the elements of a poem including structure, tone, line-breaks, form, emotional impulse, to name a few.  I will start each workshop by looking closely at a poem & teaching one particular aspect of craft in that poem.  I will also give prompts or exercises to do during the week or later at home.  Mostly, this workshop should be motivating and fun – so bring your sense of humor, imagination and poems that need work!  Please also bring two poems, not written by you, that you particularly love.  Four 2.5-hour Workshops





A New Hunger  (2007, Ausabble Press)

 “There’s a time in the life of a poet as a maker of poems, if she or he is going to become more than just good, when the voice of one’s second self fully emerges, distilling and orchestrating the poet’s concerns, while simultaneously infusing them with an inner melody—a music that reaches and satisfies both ear and mind. This is to say that Laure-Anne Bosselaar, with her wonderful third book, A New Hunger, has become more than just good. It’s an occasion to mark and to celebrate.” --  Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn

"This book is a treasure..." -- Poetry Magazine


The Hour Between Dog and Wolf  from BOA Editions Ltd  "Laure-Anne Bosselaar understands the complexities and the endless contradictions of our contemporary human predicament.  Hers is an authentic poetic voice, one serious enough to be heard at the end of this long and brutal century.  She writes wise poems about memory, poems whose art lies in their ability to make these memories ours too.  What more could any one of us ask of poetry? --Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic, from the forward



Small Gods of Grief from BOA Editions Ltd  "With a paradoxical joining of muscle and delicacy, Laure-Anne Bosselar crafts poems of great intelligence, music and spirit. SMALL GODS OF GRIEF is powerful work in which Bosselaar displays all the poet's gifts. I return to these poems again and again"--Stephen Dobyns

"Here are poems from the inside, sung by an outsider whose need to be part of that which is not evil allows her to see herself and us in the world with enormous heart and tentative hope. Laure-Anne Bosselaar has written a large book whose sweep pushes us aside, pushes us under, pushes us forward"--Martha Rhodes