Raising the Dead: A Poetry Revision Master Class with January Gill O’Neil
May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
How difficult has it been to write and revise during the pandemic and a tumultuous 2020? How do we re-envision work that moves beyond our own physical and emotional boundaries? Revision can feel overwhelming, particularly for emerging writers, but having strategies and tools for what to do can breathe life into lifeless work. Join January Gill O’Neil for a lively conversation on how to hone or revise both new and old work. Participants will perform close readings of poems and examine the aural dynamics and rich imagery in action. They will leave with new insights on how to harness their creative energies for their poetry projects.
January Gill O’Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University, and the author of Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), all published by CavanKerry Press. From 2012-2018, she served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and currently serves on the boards of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Mass Poetry, and Montserrat College of Art. Her poems and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, Ecotone, New England Review, Ploughshares, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti, among others. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, O’Neil was the 2019-2020 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two kids in Beverly, MA.