Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow: Vision and Revision: The Skill of Refining Your Poem to Its Best
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Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow leads a two-session craft workshop in which attendees read and discuss contemporary poems, concentrating on revealing the finer points of writing.

Session 1 - November 5 - Balancing imagery and abstraction in a poem is an advanced skill that poets learn by close reading and intense writing practice. Using contemporary poetry handouts distributed to participants, Edlow leads class discussion and examination of established poets’ methodologies and poetic devices in their work. This workshop will focus on the drafted poem, and consider specific categorical alterations to bring greater depth and meaning to the poem, and widen the poet’s management with the craft. Please bring pen, paper, and fourteen copies of a poem draft that fits on one page.

Session 2 - November 12 - Emphasis will be placed on the use of particular imagery, punctuation, verb choice, lineation, and tense. Participants will have brought to workshop a draft from home for discussion. Fellow participants will have had one week to apply the principles of alteration toward greater depth of poetic nuance and creating “lightning on the page.” Class time will be spent with Edlow’s guidance in suggestions and advice, and with participants’ reading aloud and sharing their best constructive comments of each other’s written work.


  • Cost: $40 for two sessions, November 5 and 12.
  • Register below or on the Eventbrite page.
  • No refunds within one day of the event.

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow is the author of Horn Section All Day Every Day, and The Day Judge Spencer Learned the Power of Metaphor, (Salmon Poetry, 2018, and 2012, respectively), and a chapbook, Old School Superhero Loves a Good Wristwatch (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Honors include the Red Hen Press Poetry Award, the Tusculum Review Poetry Prize, Willow Review Prize, a Beullah Rose/Smartish Pace Poetry Prize, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poetry has appeared widely nationally and internationally, including The American Journal of Poetry, American Literary Review, American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Forklift, Ohio, Fourteen Hills, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Levure Littéraire, Live Encounters International, Salamander, Santa Clara Review, South Dakota Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Texas Review, and Verse Daily, as well as poetry anthologized in Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, The Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology, Plume Anthology of Poetry 5, and Plume Poetry Anthology 7. New work is forthcoming in Gargoyle and Plume
She is a poetry instructor at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, Changing Hands Bookstore-Tempe, the Desert Botanical Garden-Phoenix, as well as community poetry workshops throughout the East Valley-Phoenix area. She owned and operated a civil law business as a certified paralegal for 22 years. 
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