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Saturday Workshop: Registration Due

April 8, 2023 @ 11:59 pm


In conjunction with our April Observable Readings, Saint Louis Poetry Center is thrilled to welcome Kundiman poets Shelley Wong and Ina Cariño for a Sunday Workshop Special Event – on a Saturday!

These two-hour generative workshops will run concurrently, each led by one of the visiting poets. The workshops will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2023. Registrations for the workshops are due by 11:59 p.m.


Patrons are encouraged to wear face masks when attending Sunday Workshop in-person at High Low.


Please note: these workshops are limited to 10 participants each. Registration is required, and is first-come, first-served.

  • Registration is due one week prior to workshop
  • These are generative workshops in which participants will draft their own poems
  • No poem submissions will be accepted for this special event
  • Poets will not review manuscripts or provide feedback ahead of time
  • Those registering are expected to attend the workshop

To register, email*:
[email protected]
*Please indicate which workshop (Shelley Wong or Ina Cariño) you would like to attend. See workshop descriptions below.


Looking Again: Moving Through Images

We enter a poem and discover a speaker, curious to follow them along a journey. How can we use images in our writing to propel our poems in new directions? Together, we’ll read and draft poems looking for the essence of image-making and how they can spark a poem, building through repetition, place, and time.

History is a Haunting

In this workshop, participants will explore poems as memory-spaces. Poems are like memories: malleable, tinged with bias, and permeated with the ghosts of our own lived experience. Looking through an anti-imperialist lens, participants will delve into what it means for a personal history to be intertwined with macro-histories—the ghosts of which haunt us, and ask: If bastard histories crave undoing, how would (or could) they be different now?


SHELLEY WONG is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books), winner of the Pamet River Prize and longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award. She is a Kundiman and MacDowell fellow and lives in San Francisco.

INA CARIÑO is a 2022 Whiting Award winner with an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University. Their poetry appears or is forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, The Margins, Guernica, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Magazine, the Paris Review Daily, Waxwing, New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman fellow and is the winner of the 2021 Alice James Award for FEAST, just released from Alice James Books in March 2023. In 2021, Ina was selected as one of four winners of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest.

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