Pre-Event Workshop - "Golden Shoveling": Jumping into a New Poetic Form

In this generative workshop hosted at City Lit Books, Peter Kahn will first look at the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black writer to win a Pulitzer Prize, before discussing the Golden Shovel form. He will then lead participants through a prompt to get them to follow the “Golden Shovel form” created by National Book Award winner, Terrance Hayes, which involves “borrowing” a line from a Gwendolyn Brooks poem (or something written by another author) to integrate into one’s new creation. 

Peter will use a variety of poems from The Golden Shovel Anthology:  New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, which he co-edited with Ravi Shankar and Patricia Smith, to show how the form works and how writers can creatively deviate from it. Recent NY Times poetry editor Matthew Zapruder named the anthology as one of seven “timeless collections,” alongside the likes of Pablo Neruda, John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, James Tate and W.S. Merwin. Young Peoples Poet Laureate and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson made it her April “Book Pick” and writes, “…there is something in this book for everyone, no matter your age or interests.” 

There are a limited number of spots available so sign up to participate! Workshop participants will have the opportunity to share their Golden Shovel poems at the reading that follows that includes Golden Shovel Anthology contributors Calvin Forbes, Tony Trigilio, Rebecca Hazelton and Asia Calcagno. Email or pop into City Lit to put your name on the list.

Peter Kahn is a founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen. A high school teacher at Oak Park/River Forest High School since 1994, Peter was a Featured Speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention. As a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths-University of London, he founded the Spoken Word Education Training Programme. Peter holds an MA in English Education from The Ohio State University and recently earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University.  

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647