In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re holding two sessions of “Feedback, Not Friction: A Poetry Critique Group for Women of Color” this April. As always, we include women-identifying and gender-nonconforming individuals when referring to “women.” Workshop participants will meet virtually to discuss and give feedback on original, previously shared poetry at a round-table discussion facilitated by poet and publisher Christina Butcher.
Using workshop principles presented by Felicia Rose Chavez in The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, we’ll engage in collective support; study and discuss each writer’s style, voice, and writing habits; discuss craft elements to give and receive targeted, craft-based feedback; and assess the challenges and successes of submitted drafts.
A Few Notes
• Writers may submit up to ten pages of poetry (hybrid and experimental poetry included) to be workshopped by the group.
• Writers must submit their poems to a shared, group folder on Google Drive at least two weeks before the workshop date to allow all participants ample time to read and familiarize themselves with the work.
• Workshop capacity is limited to six participants per session.
The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop by Felicia Rose Chavez
About the Facilitator
Christina Butcher is a Queer Chicana poet. She’s a veteran from New Mexico with a passion for storytelling and community involvement. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, where she writes and serves as the Publisher at Blue Cactus Press, bookseller at King’s Books, and teaching artist with Write253. Christina’s debut poetry collection, Still Clutching Maps, was published in 2017. Her poetry has appeared in Creative Colloquy, Frontera (forthcoming) International Poetry Review (forthcoming), Papeachu Issue 3, Timberline Review, WA129+, and Milk Gallery.