Introduction to Short Lyric Forms

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Join poet Lynnell Edwards
for an evening seminar
Thursday, June 25 
by Zoom videoconference

“In writing your poem, tell the truth as you know it. Tell your truth. Don’t try to sugar it up. Don’t force your poem to be nice or proper or normal or happy if it does not want to be. Remember that poetry is life distilled and that life is not always nice or proper or normal or happy or smooth or even-edged.”

~Gwendolyn Brooks~

Introduction to Short Lyric Forms is a generative seminar for persons who aspire to write lyrically in various forms. Prose poem? Flash fiction? Micro-memoir? Non-lineated verse? All the above. Join poet Lynnell Edwards for a genre-bending exploration of short forms with maximum impact. In this generative workshop, poets and prose writers will read contemporary examples of short-form creative writing to spark inspiration for our own drafts. Lynnell will also include a discussion of expansive publication opportunities.

photo Lynnell Edwards for Shape & FlowLynnell is Associate Programs Director and Professor of English for the Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing. Edwards holds the PhD in Rhetoric and Composition as well as the MA with Creative Writing Thesis, both from the University of Louisville. She is author of three full-length poetry collections, CovetThe Highwayman’s WifeThe Farmer’s Daughter, and the chapbook Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop. Her short fiction and book reviews have appeared in New MadridConnecticut ReviewCincinnati ReviewPleiades, and elsewhere. Her poems have been featured on Verse Daily. Her forthcoming books are This Great Green Valley (chapbook, Broadstone Books, 2020and The Bearable Slant of Light (poems, Red Hen Press, 2021).

Please contact Kimberly Crum at to inquire and enroll.