WORKSHOP: Overheard Conversations | Kate Durbin

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Date(s) - 21/11/2020
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Overheard Conversations: Making Poems From The Everyday

 with artist and writer Kate Durbin

Conversations heard across the bar. Newspaper clippings. The breakfast cereal aisle at the grocery store. Childhood memories. Subtitles from a TV show. Every day, poets encounter language in the world around them that is great fodder for poetry, but the trick is to recognize it and build it into a successful poem. In this generative workshop, poet Kate Durbin, whose poetics practice uses constraint-based writing, will guide workshopees through writing exercises to generate poems made out of everyday language. (She will also talk about how to “tune in” to this type of language in the world around you so you can recognize it as fodder in the first place). Expect to receive a series of brief material-gathering exercises to do prior to workshop, so that you can do some poem-crafting during our time together. Kate will provide you with readings from poets who work in this mode, such as CAConrad, Anne Carson, Sophia LeFraga, Stephen Van Dyck, and others, whose work we will analyze together. You will also leave the workshop with a packet of potential further generative exercises. Join us!


What you’ll need to participate

Internet connection, your favourite notebook, a device with audio and video capability, and a Zoom account.



This two-hour session, delivered via Zoom, is limited to 20 participants. Tickets cost $30 full/$25 concession and can be booked below.

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For each workshop we hold, we have a ticket available for a participant experiencing financial hardship. Email


About Kate


Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. Her books include Hoarders, forthcoming from Wave Books in 2021, E! Entertainment, The Ravenous Audience, and ABRA. ABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app that is ‘a living text’, which won the 2017 international Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature. In 2015, she was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard Ticket $30.00
Concession ticket $25.00