Alliteration, hyperbole, personification, paradox, synecdoche—we’re familiar with many useful rhetorical terms in poetry. How about zeugma, anacoluthon, prolepsis, or chiasmus? This generative workshop will serve to expand our working definitions of the tools of the trade and chart how both canonical and living writers use rhetorical techniques in the building blocks of their poems. Participants will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of syntactical structures and more definitions in their poetry toolbox.
Paige Quiñones is a PhD student in poetry at the University of Houston, where she is the Managing Editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Previously a fellow with the Center for Mexican American Studies at UH, she received her MFA in poetry from the Ohio State University. Her work has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 Inprint Donald BarthelmePrize, selected by Gabrielle Calvocoressi. Her book The Best Prey was selected by Tiana Clark for Pleides Press as the winner of the 2020 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, and will be published in 2021.