This workshop focuses on received and invented forms that make use of rhyme and repeating lines, with an emphasis on investigating how rhyme (both exact and slant) can be used in a contemporary poetic practice that takes advantage of rhyme’s traditional musicality without getting mired in its singsong baggage. The workshop will also play with forms that use recurrence (pantoums, villanelles, ghazals, sestinas) for their structure, with or without rhyme, and look at ways that these techniques can be used outside of received forms, whether in new combinations, free verse or even the prose poem.
Gregory Crosby is the author of the chapbooks Spooky Action at a Distance (The Operating System, 2014) and The Book of Thirteen (Yes Poetry Press, 2016). For more than a decade he worked as an art critic, columnist and cultural commentator in Las Vegas, where he served as a poetry consultant for the Cultural Affairs Division; he was instrumental in the creation of the Poets Bridge public art project in the Lewis Avenue Corridor downtown. He was awarded a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Literary Arts and holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York, where he won the 2006 Marie Ponsot Poetry Prize. From 2010–2014 he co-curated the Earshot reading series, and from 2011–2015 he coedited the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre. He is an adjunct associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and teaches creative writing at Lehman College–CUNY.