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Free Write with Shira Dentz

  • Friday, October 16, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Digital Village
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Free Write with Shira Dentz

In this workshop, we’ll experiment with chance operations, approaching our imaginations through the back door, so to speak, instead of the front door, to compose poems and flash prose. There’s an expansive tradition of literary works composed using chance operations including the cento which is thought to have originated in the 3rd or 4th century. Individual and collaborative writing may include experiments with erasures, Ouilipo or self-made constraints, sound and visual recording, and published texts as scaffolding for our own texts. While chance operations is, well, chancy, many sublime creative works have resulted through its “accidents.” This is a great workshop for those who feel blocked or in a writing rut, or who would like to open/add another approach to their writing toolbox, or who would like to gain more flexibility, stamina, and self-trust with bridging their unconscious flow with their conscious process. Please feel free to bring poems or short prose you’ve written that you’d like to reawaken and/or dream material from a dream notebook in which you record your dreams for at least week before this workshop.

Shira Dentz is the author of five books including Sisyphusina (PANK, 2020), the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink/Diålogos), and how do I net thee (Salmon Poetry). a National Poetry Series finalist, as well as two chapbooks including FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her poetry, prose, and visual and cross-genre writing appear in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, New American Writing, Iowa Review, Idaho Review, Plume, Cincinnati Review, jubilat, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series (, and NPR. Interviews with her about her writing appear in journals such as Ploughshares, Rain Taxi, and The Rumpus. A recipient of awards including the Larry Levis Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, she is Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky/. More about her writing can be found at

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the sun a blazing zero  (Lavender Ink/Diálogos, 2019)
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how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry, 2018)
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door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press, 2013)
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black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman Books, 2012)
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FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, 2014)
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Leaf Weather (Shearsman Books, 2011)
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“Scale” by Shira Dentz

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