Just as poets use craft devices like humor, rhyme, or lineation to encourage heightened attention from readers, interactivity is another tool—and one that’s becoming increasingly prevalent. Learning why some poets choose this device can expand your notion of what’s possible on the page. This workshop with Lisa Zerkle will explore poems that specifically invite the reader’s participation beyond merely reading—poems that fold, unfold, and sprawl across dimensions—in work by poets like Anne Carson, Leila Chatti, Jody Gladding, Tyehimba Jess, and others. Participants will then try their hands at some interactive poems of their own.
Lisa Zerkle’s poems have appeared in The Collagist, Southern Poetry Anthology, Nimrod, storySouth, and others. She was the creator and curator of 4X4CLT, Charlotte Lit’s public art and poetry series. In January 2023, she was awarded an M.F.A. in Poetry from Warren Wilson College.