Seeing is Believing – Drafting the Lasting Image with Nicole Sealey

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The Verve Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word proudly presents the visionary poet Nicole Sealey in an exclusive workshop: Seeing is Believing – Drafting the Lasting Image.  

Join us on Friday, 23rd February 2024, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the iconic Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the VERVE Festival running from 22nd to 25th February.  

Imagery is vital in poetry. Images create a reality so vivid it’s “like being alive twice,” as Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux noted in The Poet’s Companion. Nicole Sealey’s workshop concentrates on crafting lasting images, a magic that communicates a deeper understanding of the themes and topic of a poem for the reader. 

This workshop, open to poets of all levels, offers a unique opportunity to refine your craft under the guidance of Nicole Sealey. Participants will dissect poems featuring resonant images, unravelling the secrets behind their impact. The creative journey continues as you draft your poems inspired by your newfound insights.  

Nicole Sealey, a luminary in contemporary poetry, is renowned for her ability to weave words into tapestries of emotion, leaving lasting imprints on readers’ hearts. Her workshop promises to be an immersive experience, offering a space for poets to explore, create, and elevate their work.  

Ticket Information:

This workshop caters to poets of all levels, providing a platform for both seasoned wordsmiths and those new to the art form. Attendees will benefit from a supportive community atmosphere.

Secure your spot for this exceptional workshop with Nicole Sealey. Bookings can be made via the Hippodrome Website or for online please book here.

In addition to the wealth of knowledge shared during the workshop, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to win signed copies of Tyrone Lewis’s latest works and other exciting surprises.

 Join us at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 23rd February and become part of this poetic exploration. Unleash your creativity, learn from a master of the craft, and leave with the tools to draft lasting images that resonate with readers long after the ink has dried.  

Secure your spot now at the Verve Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word, where inspiration knows no bounds and poetry comes to life.  

About Nicole

Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida. She earned an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Sealey is the author of the collections The Ferguson Report: An Erasure (Knopf, 2023), an excerpt of which was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem; Ordinary Beast (2017), a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards; and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named (2016), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors and awards include a 2019 Rome Prize, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, a Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, a Daniel Varoujan Award, and a Poetry International Prize. She has been a fellow at Cave Canem, the Poetry Project, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, and the MacDowell Colony. She is currently the executive director at Cave Canem, the 2018-2019 Doris Lippman Visiting Poet at The City College of New York, a visiting professor at Boston University, and a 2019-2020 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.

About Verve Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word: The Verve Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word is an annual celebration of the spoken and written word, bringing together poets, writers, and enthusiasts from around the globe. This vibrant event showcases the diversity of poetic voices and aims to inspire, educate, and entertain through various performances, workshops, and discussions.  


Seeing is Believing Poetry Workshop

How do we deepen a reader’s experience with the poem via the image? How does one draft a lasting image? This workshop will explore the image and its implications. Participants in this all-level, generative workshop will review poems with images that reverberate and draft poems inspired by that work.