Mar 05 2016
Word Pyromania: Exercises That Can Spark

Word Pyromania: Exercises That Can Spark

Presented by Writers at Work at Mestizo Coffee House

Writers at Work is hosting a day-long poetry workshop with accomplished local poet, Rob Carney. The title of the workshop is WORD PYROMANIA: EXERCISES THAT CAN SPARK.  

WHEN: Saturday March 5, 2016         10 am – 4 pm

WHERE: Salt Lake City, UT


The playwright Tom Stoppard was once asked, “Where do your ideas come from?” He answered, “I wish I knew. I’d move there.” Nevertheless, he’s had a career full of ideas, and he’s shaped them into great plays. For instance, a friend gave him a note once, telling him Freud, Lenin, and James Joyce all lived on the same block in Zurich in 1916 and he should write a play about it. It turned out to be true and that the dadaist Tristan Tzara lived nearby also, but no play arose from those facts until Stoppard discovered that Joyce and a minor diplomat named Henry Carr were embroiled in a lawsuit and counter suit over the cost of a suit. Carr had purchased it as his costume for the part of Jack Worthing in Joyce’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and Joyce wouldn’t pay him back. The play is called Travesties. It’s pretty brilliant. And the point is that it probably came not from facts and ideas but from fun with language, from the multiple meanings of the word “suit.”

This poetry workshop will be about fun with words. We’ll do exercises less about whamming our ideas into lines for poems and more about letting language discover what it wants to. Come with pens, paper, and a readiness to see what some new exercises might compel you to discover.

COST: $100 (includes lunch)

To register, contact Jennifer at 801-996-3313 or SPACE IS LIMITED.


ROB CARNEY is a two-time winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry and the author of three previous books and three chapbooks of poems, including Story Problems and Weather Report from Somondoco Press. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, Redactions, River Styx, Sugar House Review, other journals, as well Flash Fiction Forward (Norton 2006). In 2014 he received the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry. He is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University.

Admission Info

$100 includes lunch


Dates & Times

2016/03/05 - 2016/03/05

Location Info

Mestizo Coffee House

631 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116