Poet and essayist Heidi Czerwiec is the author of Sweet/Crude: A Bakken Boom Cycle, the poetry collection Conjoining, and the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She lives in Minneapolis and works with Motionpoems and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Visit her at heidiczerwiec.com.
Workshop: Making Shapely Hybrids: Poetic Form in Flash Prose
Hybrids – lyric essays, prose poems, flash – are a fun way to move between genres. The more poetic examples borrow heavily from prose forms (scene, parable, joke, fairytale), but this doesn’t often happen in reverse. We’ll adapt traditional verse forms to flash prose to take advantage of these ready-made structures. We’ll look at some examples and experiment with writing our own flash prose based on sonnets, sestinas, haibun, and more. No knowledge of verse forms necessary!