ONSITE: Queer Poetics

A poetry workshop for queer-identified writers who want to write poems. We’ll explore writing poems from a queer orientation, read and discuss contemporary queer poets as a site of inspiration, joy, and expression, and write our own poems using queer identity as both a foundation and a means of queering genre. A desire to write poems is all that's needed, along with a willingness to play, experiment, generate ideas, and co-create a supportive, queer workshop experience.

Special Notes

  • Students should feel eager and open to write and share often in a collaborative environment that will be facilitated towards inclusion with care. Please come to each class with something to write with, including a notebook and pens/pencils. The only requirement is a desire to write and explore--beginners welcome.

    This studio is not wheel chair accessible from the interior due to two steps, but is accessible through an exterior door.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.

About the Instructor

Tara Burke

Tara Shea Burke is a queer poet from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She teaches writing and creative practices at VCU and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. She's been a literary editor and contest judge, has served as a board member and grants coordinator, is trained in trauma-informed, accessible movement and workshop facilitation, and hustled in restaurants for 20 years. Her work has been published most recently in Southern Humanities Review and Queer Nature, edited by Michael Walsh and Autumn House Press.


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ONSITE: Queer Poetics

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Class Details
January 25 - February 296 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Day: Thu
Tuition: $190.00
Member Tuition: $171.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Tara Burke
Level: All Levels