Booking and details
Tickets $50 General, $45 Folger Members/Subscribers
In this workshop, poets Teri Cross Davis and Kim Roberts guide you in creating your own poetry to life. Following the workshop, you will have an opportunity to perform your piece at an in-person presentation on Sunday, January 29 at the Hill Center, but participation in the presentation is not required.
This workshop is offered virtually over Zoom on Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30pm (ET).
Workshops are open to all, but recommended for those at the beginning of their creative journeys. To guide our teaching artists, participants will be asked for information regarding their experience level upon registration. Suitable for adults and mature teenagers (16+).
About Works in Progress
What’s your story? Folger’s Works in Progress program – hosted in partnership with and at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital – is a series of workshops and a panel conversation that invite aspiring creatives in the fields of playwriting, poetry, and songwriting to create new works under the mentorship of teaching artists. Workshop registration is open to the public. Works in Progress takes place following Folger’s weekend festival of new theatrical works inspired by Shakespeare.
Teri Cross Davis
Teri Cross Davis
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a poet and the author of a more perfect Union, 2019 winner of The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize (Mad Creek Books, 2021). Her debut collection Haint, (Gival Press, 2016) won the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the 2020 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s (PSA) Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and a finalist for the PSA’s George Bogin Memorial Award. She is the recipient of a 2019 Sustainable Arts grant and a Meret grant from the Freya Project.
A Cave Canem fellow, she has been awarded scholarships, residencies and fellowships to attend the Community of Writers Workshop, Hedgebrook, the Soul Mountain Writer’s Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is on the Advisory Council of Split This Rock (a biennial poetry festival in Washington DC) and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. She has been a semi-finalist and finalist judge for the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Out Loud. Her work has been published in many anthologies including: Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, Growing Up Girl, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, D.C., Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, Not Without Our Laughter: poems of joy, humor, and sexuality,The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic, Rocked By The Waters, and Choice Words.
Her work can be read online and in the following journals: Academy of American Poets, ArLiJo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, Figure 1, Fledgling Rag, Gargoyle, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Kestrel, Little Patuxent Review, Love’s Executive Order, Natural Bridge, North American Review, Mom Egg Review, MiPOesias, Pacifica Literary Review, PANK, Poet Lore, Poetry Ireland Review, Raising Mothers, Rosebud, Tin House, Torch, and Sligo Journal. She is the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series Curator and Poetry Programs manager for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. She lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.
Kim Roberts is the editor of the anthology By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of our Nation’s Capital (University of Virginia Press, 2020), selected by the East Coast Centers for the Book for the 2021 Route 1 Reads program as the book that “best illuminates important aspects” of the culture of Washington, DC. She is the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (University of Virginia Press, 2018), and five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017). Her chapbook, Corona/Crown, a cross-disciplinary collaboration with photographer Robert Revere, is forthcoming from WordTech Editions in 2023. http://www.kimroberts.org