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Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop by Marty McConnell

Cover & Interior Design: Alban Fischer

Paperback, 185 pages

August 2018, ISBN 978-1-936919-56-7


Praise for Marty McConnell's Workshop Method


On my first day alone, Marty's workshop granted me more community and motivation than writing in solitude gives me in a year. The electricity of one of  the workshop writing prompts ended up inspiring my full-length book The Lumberjack’s Dove which went on to win the National Poetry Series. Suffice to say, my life would be much different and much less bountiful had I never wandered in the doors of this workshop.


- GennaRose Nethercott, The Lumberjack’s Dove (Harper Collins)


Marty's workshop is without question, the most valuable outside influence on my work as a poet and editor. I'm incredibly fortunate to have found this space, and with it, a loving poetry family, of new and experienced writers, who are unified by Marty's imaginative prompts, her care, and her constant push for each of us to discover our truest voice.


- Ben Clark, if you turn around I will turn around (Thoughtcrime Press ), Reasons to Leave the Slaughter (Write Bloody Publishing)

Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop by Marty McConnell

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  • about Gathering Voices

    Would you like a blueprint for running successful workshops?

    Are you looking for innovative and interactive writing prompts? 

    How about exercises specifically designed for poems by some of our most exciting contemporary voices?

    Marty McConnell offers start-to-finish instructions along with a grounding in the Gathering Voices approach for both aspiring and seasoned facilitators who want to establish or invigorate a poetry learning community or for poets who want to deepen and expand their own poetic voice. 

  • about Marty McConnell

    Marty McConnell is the winner of the 2017 Michael Waters Poetry Prize for her forthcoming second poetry collection and the author of Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop, published by YesYes Books. Her first full-length collection, wine for a shotgun, published by EM Press, received the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards. McConnell transplanted herself from Chicago to New York City in 1999, after completing the first of three national tours with The Morrigan, an all-female performance poetry troupe she co-founded. She received her MFA in creative writing/poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and for nearly a decade, co-curated the flagship reading series of the New York City-based louderARTS Project. She returned to Chicago in 2009 to launch Vox Ferus, an organization dedicated to empowering and energizing individuals and communities through the written and spoken word.


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