Rooted: A Poetry Workshop & Performance with The Poetry Lab


Workshop dates: Thursdays May 6, 13, & 20 with a live show on June 3

Cost: $150 / $125 for students currently enrolled in high school, junior college, or university / scholarships may be available

Hosted by: The Poetry Lab

Poetry is a boundary-dissolving genre without conventions or set rules – except those we invent or adopt-as-necessary on a poem-by-poem basis. Anything is allowed to happen in a poem. This makes it an ideal vehicle for mental, emotional, and imaginal exploration – we can expand our attention toward anything that arises in our field of awareness and relate to it with words. We can stay near-sighted or get far out. We can give no fucks or all of them. We can haiku or be epic. We can be drawn into trance-like states of flow or agitated emo intensity. If we stay with it, we can reach territories of meaning where the mercury of language discovers new forms, surprising satisfactions, exquisite failures.

All of this makes poetry a radical, capable, psychedelic medium and – potentially – a pretty unpredictable and ungrounded practice. In this online workshop, Dr. Mindy Nettifee will guide experiential somatic meditations and writing practices that help us tap states of grounded connectivity and artistic containment. One of our aims will be to deepen our understanding and appreciation of our own unique creative process and how to reliably support and access it. Another aim will be to write new work inspired by root themes and rootedness: the-great-underneath, the underworld, ancestors and histories, invisible connections and interconnections, what gave and gives rise to us, what feeds us, what stabilizes us and makes it safe for us to reach.

This workshop is appropriate for writers at all levels. It includes three weeks of live Thursday evening lecture, discussion, and guided writing time on May 6, 13, and 20. After taking a week off for poem gem polishing, the workshop culminates in a live online show on Thursday, June 3 where participants can share their work and celebrate each other.

Registration is live at:


May 06 2021


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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