Doorway to Listening: Poems of Stillness, Attention and Grace
with Marie Howe & Laurie Wagner

Photo Credit Oiselle Ryan Warner


Please Join me in welcoming our friend, Marie Howe, one of America’s most prominent living poets, as she explores the journey of writing poetry, and how she learned to become a deep and trusted listener.

As with all of our sessions with writers and creatives, these 90-minutes with Marie are an opportunity to engage with someone who, in sharing their gifts and experiences, can enhance and inspire our own thoughtful journey on the page.

During our time together, Marie will read from her own work, dropping into the particular experience of each poem and what it asked of her. You don’t have to be a poet to walk away with gems from this discussion. All writers benefit from learning to listen to what is moving through them so that their work is in relationship to the world, and not separate.

In our session together, we will talk about:

  • Becoming a receptive channel for deep and trusted listening.
  • The power of silence and stillness.
  • Opening ourselves to nature and to the world around us so that our work is engaged, rings true, and is helpful.
  • Writing intuitively instead of forcing words onto the page
  • And from there, the beginning of crafting.

Marie Howe & Laurie Wagner

This is the video replay of the live June 2024 class.

Marie Howe has taught writing at Tufts University and Warren Wilson College. She is presently on the writing faculties at Columbia UniversitySarah Lawrence College, and New York University.

Her poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, and Harvard Review [11]. Her honors include National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. Her books include, The Good Thief, What the Living Do, Madaline, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and the most recent New and Selected Poems,

From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State. She is the poet in residence at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

I’m excited to be partnering with Chapter 510, a nonprofit group in Oakland serving black, brown, and queer kids, ages 7- 18. Chapter 510 is a writing, bookmaking & publishing center that wants every young person in Oakland to write with confidence and joy. Chapter 510 believes that writing is an act of liberation, and that young people transform themselves and their communities when they write and get published, succeeding in work, school, and life. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to supporting their free creative writing programs for black, brown, and queer youth.