The Poetry of Memory Workshop with Victoria Kelly



We're excited to offer our first workshop exclusively open to the spouses of service members (active and reserve) and veterans. Accomplished poet and author of "When the Men Go Off to War", Victoria Kelly, will show how the best poetry is written about what we know, and this workshop will look at how to successfully craft poems out of specific memories. We will look at poems by published writers, and you will have the opportunity to write a poem in class, share your work with your classmates and get feedback on your work. 

Where & When

This workshop will take place at the Capitol Post office (625 N Washington St. Ste #425, Alexandria, VA 22314) from 10 AM - 2 PM on Saturday, November 17.

Victoria kelly

Victoria Kelly was born in New Jersey and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University. As a U.S. George J. Mitchell Scholar, she received her M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and went on to earn her M.F.A. in Creative Writing in from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Her fiction and poetry have appeared in the anthologies Best American Poetry 2013 and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, as well as dozens of literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, and Hopkins Review, among others. Her first poetry chapbook, Prayers of an American Wife, was the winner of the Coal Hill Prize and was published by Autumn House Press in 2012. Her debut full-length poetry collection, When the Men Go Off to War, was published in September 2015 by the Naval Institute Press as the Press’s first original poetry publication in their over-100-year history. Her debut novel, Mrs. Houdini, was published by Simon & Schuster (Atria Books) in 2016 to critical acclaim. 

Victoria is a two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee and has taught Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Old Dominion University.