Lincoln Memorial University

Poet Boot Camp

You've made the time, now it's time to generate new poems. This workshop is designed for those who are interested in creating work in a community of thoughtful and excited writers who want to get work done. We will meet each morning and write together, exchange ideas, and try various prompts and techniques. After each morning session, you will get copious amounts of time to chase any ideas generated in the morning session and use the precious time you've set aside to write. In the evenings, after dinner, we will reconvene and share our work with the group. This will be a time of celebrating the work you make and seeing what the group finds to be the most engaging parts of your creations. Toward the end of the week, we will engage in one workshop where each participant (who is willing) will get feedback on their poems in a supportive, constructive environment. My hope is that you will leave with a few new poems and a lot of invigorating ideas.


Aaron Smith photographed by Karim Badwan

Aaron Smith is the author of three books published by the Pitt Poetry Series: Primer (forthcoming 2016); Appetite, an NPR Best Book and finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award; and Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. His chapbooks include Men in Groups and What's Required, winner of the Frank O'Hara Prize. His work has appeared in numerous publications including: Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner and The Best American Poetry 2013. He is an assistant professor in creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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For more information contact:

Joe Gill, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre at 423.869.6265 or or

Darnell Arnoult, LMU Writer-in-Residence, at or 423-869-7170.


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752