A trio of legendary poets — Kaveh Akbar, Terrance Hayes, and Mary Karr — will gather in a mythic island landscape to co-lead an inspiring reading and writing Salon.
Whether you’re a poet, writer or just a passionate reader with curiosity, you will thrive in six Morning Salons, with afternoons free to roam the island (or meet together in optional writing sessions). All three poets have worked extensively in prose and are known for writing from experiences both personal and imagined. Four relaxed evenings of sunset readings and interview sessions with Akbar, Hayes, and Karr overlooking the Aegean Sea are part of this exceptional journey.
All three poets are accomplished teachers who’ve piloted writers of all ages and abilities to cultivate practices for loosening up on the page. Through talks, discussions, in-class exercises (which you can try in poetry or prose) and informal workshops, travelers will discover new methods for generating pages — tricks, shortcuts, ways for freeing oneself from self-consciousness so truer words emerge.
Participants will better understand the making and reading of poetry — so the class is for self-described poets and people new to the form, along with prose writers and readers. Many of the great prose stylists — Joyce, Nabokov — began as poets. So if you’re working in prose, this workshop may up your prose game in terms of language, economy, voice, and the ability to stir feeling.
Meanwhile, you’ll connect with devoted readers, poets, writers and creative types from all over the planet. Past Salon participants have found the experience transformative, most have forged lifetime friendships with the wide-ranging adventurers who show up.
The poetic light and landscape of Greece — home to ancient traditions of poetry and the first recorded stories — offers the ideal setting for this Salon. As we gather on Patmos, the historic Isle of Revelation, you will have plenty of time to explore the island’s beaches, swim in the Aegean, relax at a seaside cafe, savor Greek food, and connect with kindred spirits.
So take the plunge and join our gifted poet teachers on a journey of inspired wisdom and vibrant conversation to celebrate and sharpen our understanding and practice of poetry & prose.
International poetry star Kaveh Akbar (Pilgrim Bell, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Portrait of the Alcoholic) is a Pushcart and Ruth Lilly Prize prizewinner. Only thirty, Akbar’s recent poetry tour led him to over a hundred packed venues across the globe and cemented his place as a rising presence in international letters. A founder of Divedapper, Akbar is also known as an impresario generously celebrating the work of other writers from all traditions and is currently editing an anthology of spiritual writing and working on a memoir. Born in Iran, Akbar is an associate professor at Purdue and teaches in low-residency MFA programs at Randolph and Warren Wilson.
MacArthur genius & National Book Award Winner Terrance Hayes (Âmerican Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, How to Be Drawn and others) seems to appear on everybody’s list of best American poets. His two most recent poetry books were shortlisted for the NBA and for The National Book Critics Circle Awards. He’s the winner of a 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry, and fellowships from the Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations. His prose criticism of Etheridge Knight won the 2019 Pegasus Award for Criticism from the Poetry Foundation and was a finalist for the NBCC in Criticism. He was also long-listed for the 2018 Pulitzer last year. Hayes served as the 2017-2018 poetry editor for New York Times Magazine. He was guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2014 (Scribner, 2014), the preeminent annual anthology of contemporary American poetry. Hayes is a full professor at NYU.
Renowned and beloved author & poet Mary Karr published three award-winning, bestselling memoirs (Liars’ Club, Cherry, Lit) as well as The Art of Memoir, also a New York Times Bestseller. She wrote the Modern Library’s intro to The Waste Land and served as poetry editor for The Washington Post Book World. But her five books of poetry (most recently Tropic of Squalor, Sinners Welcome, Viper Rum) have won her the most prizes: Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA, a Whiting Award, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and numerous Pushcart Prizes, including two for criticism. With country hunk Rodney Crowell, she co-wrote a number one, Grammy-nominated record, Kin. She’s taught at Tufts, Harvard, Emerson, and Sarah Lawrence and is currently the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University where she won her department’s graduate teaching prize. Her most recent collection, Tropic of Squalor, was long-listed last year for the Pulitzer in poetry (along with Terrance Hayes).