Poetry Workshop


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Logan Conference Room

The philosophy behind workshop is that writers will learn to be better writers by working with other writers who are engaged in similar efforts and who share similar goals. Together, this community of writers reads, critiques, praises, and questions each others' work. Seating is first-come, first-served for this session.

Register once (appreciated but not required) for the entire Writers Conference and come and go as you please. Separate registrations are required to attend any of the Critique Sessions. Check out the Writers Conference schedule at a glance or search our online calendar for in-depth descriptions.

Eric McHenry is a fifth-generation Topekan and a graduate of Topeka High School. He attended Beloit College, and then did graduate work at Boston University where he earned his MA in creative writing. McHenry's poems have been featured in many publications, including, The Harvard Review, Slate, and Poetry Northwest, whose editors named McHenry winner of the Theodore Roethke Prize for best poems published in the magazine in 2010. His criticism appears in The New York Times Book Review and Salon. He is a winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize, and Potscrubber Lullabies won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He currently lives in Lawrence and teaches creative writing at Washburn University of Topeka. In April 2015 he was announced as the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Kansas.