IDGO: The Workshop

IDGO: The Workshop is a Brooklyn-based workshop series geared towards adult poets & writers who:
have some prior workshop experience
actively engage with poetry
are familiar with poetic forms / craft elements
are comfortable giving and receiving critical feedback


The Art of Framing: Image, Ekphrasis, and Building a Poetic Lineage

The word ekphrasis comes from the Greek for “to describe” & usually (in poetry) refers to a poet’s vivid description / interpretation of a work of art. This workshop will use the ekphrastic poem to redefine & expand the possibilities of imagery in our work. Over four weekly sessions, we will read & engage with artists/poets such as Morgan Parker, Angel Nafis, William Carlos Williams, Rickey Laurentiis, Beyoncé, Lorna Simpson, Wangechi Mutu, EJ Koh, and others. We will discuss the importance of developing an artistic lineage & use conversations around ekphrasis to build our own archive of literary influences.

I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends: On Diction, Sound, & Tone

"Tone is not a craft element. It is a mixture of craft elements." -Tommye Blount

This course aims to create tangible strategies to interrogate the idea of tone in the poem: what's possible on the level of sound, syntax, & line? What can we/our speakers become by turning our attention over to the sounds & patterns most familiar / unfamiliar to us? Over four weekly sessions, we will read & engage with writers such as Ladan Osman, Jamaica Kincaid, Jericho Brown, C.M. Burroughs, Phillip B Williams, Lydia Davis, Sylvia Plath, Justin Phillip Reed, Francine Harris, Rimbaud, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Fred Moten.