The workshop — open to all experience levels — will be taught by award-winning TMB poet Kendra DeColo in the Blue Room, Third Man Records, Nashville.

Class Title and Description:

Irreverent Joy: Writing the Poem that Gives No F*cks

How can we cultivate a sense of joy, playfulness, and defiance in our writing practice? How do we write poems that give no f*cks while honoring what we love? In this six-week generative workshop we will explore new ways to celebrate our obsessions while writing from a place of fearlessness and wonder. We will read poems by Danez Smith, Kaveh Akbar, June Jordan, Morgan Parker, and others to study how voice and the music of language move a poem. Workshop time will be split between writing exercises and discussion of each other’s work. At the end of the six-weeks there will be a student (optional) reading and celebration in the record store at Third Man Records. The goal is to leave the workshop with new poems and a sense of freedom and possibility. All levels of experience are welcome.

Registration begins NOW. Space is limited to a class of twelve. Applicants are asked to submit a short bio and three pages of poetry (MS Word .doc) to Accepted applicants will be contacted by Third Man Books.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

Workshop Fee: $200

Workshop Dates and Time:

Sundays from 4-6pm

Oct 1
Oct 8
Oct 15
Oct 22
Oct 29
Nov 5
Reading TBA


The Blue Room at Third Man Records 

623 7th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37203

Instructor Bio:

Kendra DeColo is the author of Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and My Dinner with Ron Jeremy (Third Man Books, 2016). Her poetry and non-fiction appear in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Bitch Magazine, VIDA, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Kendra has taught creative writing workshops for over fifteen years; at Sarah Lawrence College, Vanderbilt University, The Porch Writers’ Collective, as well as Room in the Inn, The Tennessee Women’s Prison, and The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. She believes that poems can changed the world.