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.

    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. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit

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
June 26 - July 316 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Mon
Tuition: $205.00
Member Tuition: $184.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Tara Burke
Level: All Levels