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Elegy and Ecstasy: A Workshop with K. Iver

sun05mar2:00 pmElegy and Ecstasy: A Workshop with K. Iver

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Join us on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2:00pm Central for a generative workshop with featured poet K. Iver.

Elegy and Ecstacy: A Workshop on Desire and Contrast

Lately I’ve been interested in how queer poets write desire, which is not to be confused with writing sex. Queer poets can uniquely show us how to explore the erotic, pleasure, discomfort, and want, partly because the onset of queer desire is often laced with the forbidden and shame–which adds to desire’s intensity. Poems by Richie Hoffman, David Wojnarowicz, CA Conrad, Danez Smith, Meg Day, and Richard Siken embrace that intensity and can give us all permission to write toward the tension of seeming opposites: joy and grief, desire and dread, movement and stasis, etc. In practicing the craft of building contrast, participants can discover richly varying tones and moods between both spaces, how they can stack, and how they can unfold.

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ACCESS NOTES: The reading will take place virtually via Zoom with Zoom and auto captions. An ASL interpreter will be present. Access copies of poems will be made available via Google Docs. Our Access Statement will be read before we begin.

Recommended for attendees 16 years and above.


K. Iver is a nonbinary trans poet born in Mississippi. Their book Short Film Starring My Beloved’s Red Bronco won the 2022 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry from Milkweed Editions. Their poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The Adroit, and elsewhere. Iver is the 2021-2022 Ronald Wallace Fellow for Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. They have a Ph.D. in Poetry from Florida State University. For more, visit

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Open Mouth Literary Center

Open Mouth Literary Center is a community-based literary organization located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, founded by poets M. D. Myers and Molly Bess Rector in October of 2015. Each month, we host a monthly reading and generative writing workshop featuring one poet (sometimes more!) whose work we love. The featured reading is preceded by readings from up to ten members of our community, who read a single poem each in rapid succession. We also host an annual fall festival and a summer poetry retreat featuring visiting faculty, as well as a residency for local poets. In 2020, we began working with an accessibility consultant to learn about inclusive design and common accessibility gaps in the literary community. We are working to ensure access to our readings and workshops providing access copies, captioning, and ASL interpretation services, seeking physical locations designed with accessibility in mind, by making our programs available online.

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