Poetry with Dorianne Laux  

Spend each morning workshop (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) with Dorianne Laux and a group of up to 12 other poets. The workshop will focus on poetic craft and is meant for poets intending to publish their work.  The workshop meets four mornings (Mon.-Thurs.) and each participant will engage in generative poetic writing, and receive focused feedback from Dorianne and their peer group on their writing assignments. Optional participant readings will be held.   

Photo Credit: PBS

Photo Credit: PBS

DORIANNE LAUX’s sixth collection, Only As The Day Is Long is a new and selected collection of poetry and was published in February, 2019. Her fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women.  She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.  Laux teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.

Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. Her poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Dutch, Afrikaans and Brazilian Portuguese, and her selected works, In a Room with a Rag in my Hand, have been translated into Arabic by Camel/Kalima Press. In 2014 singer/songwriter Joan Osborne adapted her poem, “The Shipfitter’s Wife” and set it to music on her newest release, “Love and Hate”. Ce que nous portons (What We Carry,) translated by Helene Cardona, has just been published by Editions du Cygne Press, Paris. She directs the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.


Books will be available all week at the conference at our book fair!

Drawing from five expansive volumes and including twenty new pieces, Only as the Day Is Long represents an astonishing, confident, and daring body of work from one of our most accomplished poets. Philip Levine praises Dorianne Laux for her poetry’s “enormous precision and beauty,” and B. H. Fairchild proclaims that her poems are “brought to the hard edge of meaning.” The new poems are odes to Laux’s mother, an extraordinary and ordinary woman of the Depression era. Exploring experiences of survival and healing, sexual love and celebration, Only as the Day Is Long shows Laux at the height of her powers.

"Laux, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her 1994 book “What We Carry,” shows us how to endure hardships without losing humanity and compassion. This timely, beautifully crafted collection wonderfully balances light and dark." — The Washington Post

“Another splendid new one by one of our best, who never stops paying attention, and is never unwilling, and summons from her readers unwavering trust.” —Mark Doty