The Poetry Repair Shop:
Begun in 2016 and taught jointly by Andrea Hollander and John Brehm, this hands-on fix-it workshop is designed for a limit of eight poets, each of whom brings a troubled poem-in-progress to the session, held in Portland, Oregon, most often on a Saturday. Each session is self-contained, runs from 9:00 a.m. till 12:30 p.m., and costs $75. This workshop fills quickly; to add your name to the list of potential participants, email Andrea in order to be notified when the next session is scheduled.
The Ambassador Writing Seminars:
Begun in 2017, these 6-, 8-, or 10-week series of writing seminars in poetry or the personal essay are held weekly for 3 hours per session and take place in Andrea's home (since March 2020 via Zoom). The seminars focus on craft concepts or techniques and are limited to six participants per series. If you are interested in being on the email list of notification of future series, please contact Andrea. While initially the seminars were conducted in Andrea's home, they're now offered through Zoom.
Mentorships and Critiques:
Since 1993, Andrea has worked with writers individually through specially designed mentorships that focus on a writer's particular needs and for the duration most suitable to him or her. Meetings take place via Zoom, or, if the writer lives in Portland, Oregon, in-person at Andrea's home (well, since March 2020, only via Zoom). She also critiques individual poems, essays, and collections. For more information, email Andrea.
RECENT AND FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Beginning in March 2020, all Andrea's in-person events—more than a dozen readings, seminars, study sessions, lectures, and other literary appearances—were cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.
EVENTS IN 2021
Saturdays, January 9 - February 13 (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Sponsored by Soapstone, and meeting via Zoom for six consecutive Saturday mornings, Andrea will facilitate a Study Group focusing on the poetry of Natasha Trethewey, two-term United States Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, among many other honors. This is not a writing workshop, and one does not have to be a writer to attend. There is a limit of 16 participants. Required text: Monument: Poems, New and Selected by Natasha Trethewey. Cost: $75. Scholarships available. For information, contact Andrea. To register contact Soapstone here. WAITING LIST ONLY.
Wednesdays (bimonthly), January 13 - May 19 (9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Andrea will conduct, via Zoom, The Wednesday Seminar, an extension of the seminars Poetry Essentials and Beyond the Essentials. Consisting of ten sessions plus two bonus revision sessions (dates to be announced) and limited to six participants who have completed the first two seminars. WAITING LIST ONLY.
Wednesday, March 3 (9:20 a.m. and available through April 5, 2021)
Andrea is moderating the panel "I Leave You This Poem: A Tribute to Chana Bloch," part of the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), this year a virtual event. Chana Bloch, significant poet and translator, died in May 2017. Andrea and panelists Danusha Laméris, Rachel Mennies, and Yehoshua November will discuss how Bloch's poems and translations influenced and inspired their work, especially in regards to the exploration of her Jewish faith and her desire to examine what she called "the inner life." Offering anecdotes, memories, appreciations, and finishing with a reading of one of her poems, each panelist will honor Chana Bloch as a mentor, poet, friend, and guide. For more information, consult the AWP conference schedule here. For more information, consult the AWP conference schedule.
Sunday, April 25 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time—Adjust for your time zone)
Andrea has been invited by the unique and beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland, Oregon, to give a FREE virtual reading of her poems (about 30 minutes) followed by a Q&A (about 15 minutes). In order to attend, you must register; then you'll be given the link to the reading. Click here first. On the Lan Su Garden page, you'll see another link above my photograph. Click on that link to register. A Zoom entry link to use on April 25 will then be sent to your Inbox. Contact Andrea if you have any problem registering.
Thursday, July 8 (7 - 8 p.m.)
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic features Andrea Hollander for a reading originally scheduled in Vancouver, Washington, but now via Zoom. As the series title indicates, besides Andrea's reading, there is an open mic. For more information, contact host Christopher Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver here.
Thursdays, July 8 - August 26 (9:30 a.m. - noon)
This 8-week poetry seminar, Beyond the Essentials, is Part Two of a series. In Part One, designated Poetry Essentials, we focused intensely on specfiic issues of craft (diction, metaphor, etc.). In Part Two we move beyond the essentials to matters of form and the ways the essentials we examined in Part One contribute together to a poem's success. At every session, we examine masterful poems by other poets, but we also consider participants' in-process work. Required text: When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women (Autumn House Press, 2009). These seminars were conducted in Andrea's home until 2020. They're now conducted via Zoom. Seminar Cost: $445. Contact Andrea if you are interested in participating. Space is limited.
Wednesdays, September 22 - March 23 (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. every other week)
The Wednesday Seminar began in June 2020 and has continued ever since (with a summer break in 2021). It is an advanced interactive class limited to six poets who have completed both Poetry Essentials and Beyond the Essentials with Andrea. At each session we discuss a variety of matters of concern proposed by the participants. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of the art and craft of a single published poem introduced by Andrea. After a short break, we discuss the poems-in-progress of three members of the seminar. All seminars taught by Andrea were conducted in her home until the pandemic lockdown in 2020. They're now conducted via Zoom. Cost: $895 for the 14 sessions that span 28 weeks. Contact Andrea if you are interested in being on the waiting list.
EVENTS IN 2022
Wednesdays, through March 23 (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. every other week)
The Wednesday Seminar began in June 2020 and has continued ever since (with a summer break in 2021). It is an advanced interactive class limited to six poets who have completed both Poetry Essentials and Beyond the Essentials with Andrea. At each session we discuss a variety of matters of concern proposed by the participants. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of the art and craft of a single published poem introduced by Andrea. After a short break, we discuss the poems-in-progress of three members of the seminar. All seminars taught by Andrea were conducted in her Portland, Oregon home until the pandemic lockdown in 2020. They're now conducted via Zoom. Cost: $895 for the 14 sessions that span 28 weeks (and began on September 22, 2021). Contact Andrea if you are interested in being on the waiting list.
Tuesday, September 27 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)
Head for the Hills presents a reading by Andrea Hollander and Paulann Petersen. This may be either in person in Portland, Oregon, or on Zoom, still to be determined. Check back in early September 2022.