Faber Poetry Intensive

Improving | Poetry
Join five of today's most exciting poets for a packed week of serious, concentrated and innovative thinking about poetry in general and your writing in particular

Faber & Faber has been centre of the poetry world for nearly ninety years – where better than the company’s Bloomsbury headquarters to spend a week completely focused on deepening your engagement with the form? In this brand new course, you’ll spend five days in intimate workshops with the poets who are shaping the international direction of poetry, examining with them their individual areas of particular passion and expertise (see below for a detailed rundown of the week's workshops). In the afternoons, you’ll have the classroom space until 5pm to work on material developed during the day.

The tutors on this week's course will be the Faber poets Rachael Allen (Kingdomland), Zaffar Kunial (Us), Joe Dunthorne (O Positive), Hannah Sullivan (Three Poems) and Natalie Diaz (Postcolonial Love Poem).

This isn't the careful, structured learning of How to Write a Poem or Poetry Salon. This is a no-holds-barred, breakneck week of hurling yourself into poetry. It'll be tiring, but there's nothing else like it. Whether you’re looking to revitalise your practice, broaden your understanding of poetic craft, bring yourself up to date with what’s at the cutting edge of contemporary verse, or simply to find a space to be completely immersed in poetry, then the Faber Poetry Intensive is the course for you.

22nd - 26th June 2020

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15 Places

Monday 22 June: Rachael Allen // The Animal Poem

We will look at a number of contemporary poets/poetries that deal with writing work during the Anthropocene era. As a development of both 'nature' poetry and 'eco' poetry, this will be a look at work that gives not only gives room to human influence on ecological spaces, but self-reflexively comments on that human impact. These are poets who are considering climate crisis using the most contemporary ecocritical theorists, developing thier poetic work alongside science and practical engagement with ecological spaces. Considering contemporary poets and contemporary ecocritical thinkers, we will consider works and writings by authors and poets like Juliana Sphar, Jorie Graham, Ariana Reines, Will Alexander, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Jed Rasula, Sam Solnick, Daisy Lafarge and Sylvia Legris. After considering these poems, and engaging in workshop exercises, the group will then create poems for a workshop later in the day.

Tuesday 23 June: Natalie Diaz // The Emotional Image


Wednesday 24 June: Joe Dunthorne // New Forms: Oulipo and Upwards

A workshop exploring how forms and constraints can push our poetry in exciting, unexpected directions. We will attempt univocalisms, N+7, golden shovels and more. To paraphrase Raymond Queneau, we will be 'rats trying to escape from a labyrinth of our own construction.'

Thursday 25 June: Zaffar Kunial // Words on the Edge


Friday 26 June: Hannah Sullivan // Revision and Editing

What decisions about narrative mode and perspective do we make, often unconsciously, when writing a poem, and what happens if these decisions are made more deliberate, unexpected, or even perverse? We will pay particular attention to the use of proper nouns and pronouns and the contracts they establish between writer and reader, as well as to general issues about confessionalism, documentary poetry, fictional and magical realism in poems, and cultural appropriation.

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Rachael Allen’s first collection of poems, KINGDOMLAND, is published by Faber & Faber. She is the co-author of a number of collaborative ar...


Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an en...


Joe Dunthorne was born and grew up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, was translated into twenty languages and adapted for film by Richa...


Zaffar Kunial’s Us was published by Faber & Faber in 2018 and was shortlisted for a number of awards including the Costa Poetry Award, the ...


Hannah Sullivan is a poet and academic. She has been teaching English literature from 1780–present at New College, Oxford, since 2012. Before that, ...



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