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Lie, Cheat, and Steal: (or How to Write a Good Poem)


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Lie, Cheat, and Steal: (or How to Write a Good Poem)

  • Central Library - Bubbler Room 201 W Mifflin St Madison, WI (map)

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According to T.S. Eliot, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.”  In this workshop, we’ll explore the shamelessness of writing poetry and write our own poems by lying, cheating, and stealing. We’ll read and discuss contemporary poems and create drafts by taking lines, rhythms, and ideas from other writers; recreating voices for famous people; and erasing language from various sources.  Writers will learn to balance their own perspectives with facts and gain a better understanding of how to appropriate a writers’ work while maintaining originality and integrity.


Angela Voras-Hills earned her MFA at UMass-Boston and was a fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets 2013, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Linebreak, among others.  Her first full-length manuscript was recently a finalist for Milkweed Editions' Lindquist & Vennum Prize in Poetry.   Find her online at

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