Poetry with Michelle Bitting  

Spend each morning workshop (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) with Michelle Bitting and a small group of other poets.  Each participant will submit up to 5 poems (not more than 10 pages) for review by the workshop group. 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 receive focused feedback from the group on their poems.  Workshop packets with all submissions will be available for online download after July 15th.  Optional participant readings will be held.   


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Michelle Bitting won the 2018 Fischer Poetry Prize, the 2018 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest, and a fourth collection of poetry, Broken Kingdom won the 2018 Catamaran Prize and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of Indie 2018. Her third collection is The Couple Who Fell to Earth (C & R Press), named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2016. She has poems published in The American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Los Angeles Review, The New York Times, Love’s Executive Order, Vinyl Poetry, Plume, Diode, the Paris-American, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review (“Renga for Obama”), AJP, Thrush, Fjords, Rattle, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review, Passages North, Prairie Schooner, Askew, and others. Poems have appeared on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily and in numerous anthologies including Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (and) Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke: Erotic Poems from Tupelo Press. Essays and reviews may be found on Poetry International Online (forthcoming 2019) and elsewhere. Her book Good Friday Kiss, chosen by Thomas Lux won the DeNovo First Book Award and Notes to the Beloved won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award, earned a starred review from Kirkus and was re-issued by C & R Press in 2018. She has won awards from Glimmer Train and the Beyond Baroque Foundation and been a finalist for the Poet's & Writer's Magazine California Exchange, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Julia Peterkin, and Rita Dove poetry awards. Poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes (including Pushcart 2018 from Catamaran and Best of the Net 2018 from Atticus Review and 2017 from Thrush Poetry Journal) and most recently, The Pablo Neruda, American Literary Review and Tupelo Quarterly Poetry contests. She has taught poetry in the U.C.L.A. Extension Writer’s Program, led master classes and lectures at universities, high schools, and literary centers across California and beyond, including dozens of hours at Twin Towers prison, DTLA, and for ten years was an active California Poet in the Schools, reaching over 500 student poets per year. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University, Oregon, an MA in Mythological Studies and a PhD in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Michelle is the Poet Laureate of Pacific Palisades and has won multiple grants from the Optimists Club and Poets and Writers Magazine for her teaching work in Los Angeles. In the fall of 2018 she joined the English Department at Loyola Marymount University as a Lecturer in Poetry and Critical Studies in Creative Writing. For more info:www.michellebitting.com