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Burning Chair Workshops

  • Nightbird Books 205 W Dickson St Fayetteville AR 72701 (map)

The Burning Chair Workshops
led by Matthew Henriksen
Thursdays 7 PM

Bring 1-3 pages of poems
$10 per class
$50 for eight classes


The Burning Chair Workshops intend to sustain an energetic and collaborative conversation around poetry and how to critique poems for revision. Our objective is not primarily to revise poems for publication but to examine the formal and expressive elements that give each poem its character and, eventually, to identify the poet’s consistent idiosyncrasies. We have found such examinations useful in revising individual poems, in developing a continuing personal approach to revision, and most importantly learning to generate new poems in an evolving style. We believe poetry should be purposeful in individual intent, engage intensely with language as an artistic device, and link the poet’s personal investment in poems with a larger community of artists and readers.

We will critique one to three pages of poetry per writer per session. We will determine the focus and approach of the workshop based on the interests and offerings of the poets who attend. Each workshop, as time allows, will include one or more writing exercises and will also explore poems from the past and present that have influenced and energized the work of others. Ideally, during the first eight sessions we will develop ideas for what The Burning Chair Workshops will offer in the future, including formal, thematic, exercise-oriented, or book-oriented classes, as well as the nature of critique and interaction.

Matthew Henriksen’s first book, Ordinary Sun emerged from Black Ocean in 2011. Some recent poems appear in Fence, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Mandorla, The Rumpus, Toad Suck Review, Yalobusha Review, The Cultural Society, N/A Lit, and Bright Pink Mosquito. A special feature of Frank Stanford’s unpublished poems, fiction, and correspondence, selected by Henriksen, appeared in Fulcrum #7. He co-edits Typo, an online poetry journal; Cannibal, a handmade literary journal; serves as the Literature Director for Art Amiss; and curates The Burning Chair Readings. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and works at the Dickson Street Bookshop.

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