Community Workshops

The Starting Line - A Poetry Derby Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2019



Iroquois Library

601 West Woodlawn Avenue

Louisville, KY 40215


Join us for a free public poetry workshop! 

In this workshop, you will begin composing a poem to submit to the 2nd annual Poetry Derby Contest based on the theme,"The Starting Line."  Participants will choose a line from a published poem to use as a starting line (either titles or first lines). The lines we have selected are excerpted from the following Kentucky poets: Frank X Walker, Wendell Berry, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Maurice Manning, Nickole Brown, and Rebecca Gayle Howell. We will provide examples of poems that used a mentor text as a starting point and hope that this prompt will encourage creative engagement, creative exchange, and creative response. 


The official submission period for the contest is Feb. 15-March 15, so this is a good opportunity to get a jumpstart on your poem. Winners will be invited to read their winning poem at the Kentucky Derby Museum on April 20 during the Kentucky Derby Festival. Winning poems will be published in a chapbook, which will be distributed at the April 20 reading.


The workshop will be led by award-winning poet Kristina Erny, professor of creative writing at Asbury University.

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LLA Members: 

LLA members have a bonus opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one poem consultation with poetry faculty after the workshop! Reserve your consultation when you register.

Kristina Erny is a third culture poet who grew up in South Korea. Her poetry has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Yemassee, Bluestem, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, and her work has been the recipient of the Tupelo Quarterly Inaugural Poetry Open Prize and the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award. Her manuscript Wax of What's Left was a finalist for Tupelo Press's Dorset Prize, Ahsahta Sawtooth Poetry Award, and the Colorado Prize for Poetry. After many years of teaching internationally, she currently teaches creative writing at Asbury University and lives in Kentucky with her husband, sons, and daughter. 

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