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Wednesday Workshop: Writing from Photos with Adam Grabowski

  • 40 Main St Suite 201 Florence, MA 01062 (map)

The Endopolis Poetry Room is excited to host a workshop from Adam Grabowski on writing poetry inspired by photos already stored on your phone!

Workshop description:

In photography, the concept of punctum has to do with how we respond to an image.  Sometimes it’s a little detail—the way a man’s hat is tipped to the side, the blonde strands of hair blowing across a woman’s face—that grab hold of us and make an image so evocative.  We don’t know why, but we can’t stop staring.

What does any of this have to do with poetry?  A whole bunch actually.  Come to this informal discussion and we’ll talk about the creative overlap between photography and poetry, the power of memory, and how a better understanding of how and why certain photographs move us can help improve how you render the images you have in your head.  

Please bring a note book, a pen/pencil, and your phone (if that’s where all your photographs are), or several pictures that mean something to you.  There will be prompts.

About the workshop leader:

Adam Grabowski’s poetry has appeared in Off the CoastjubilatBeech St. Review, Drunk in a Midnight ChoirThe Naugatuck River Review, Black NapkinDMQ Review, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Radius, Meat for Tea, and elsewhere. He has poems in the forthcoming anthologies What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Rage in the Age of Trump and Alongside We Travel: Contemporary Poets on Autism, edited by Martín Espada and Sean Thomas Dougherty, respectively.    Adam received his MSW from Westfield State University in 2012 and is currently an MFA in Writing candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  He teaches poetry at the Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop and is a regional rep. for masspoetry.org.  Adam lives with his wife and daughters in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

No sign up in advance is required, but please arrive by 7 PM for the beginning of the workshop! This is a no-cost event but donations will be accepted.


The Endopolis Poetry Room is in Suite 201 on the second floor of 40 Main St, an office building in downtown Florence, MA. To use the elevator, go in the doors under the Central Building / Main Entrance sign. Follow the hall back to the elevator and go up to the 2nd floor. Take a right off the elevator and follow signs all the way down (through a bunch of doors) to 201. 

To use the outside stairs, first identify the North building and its exterior signage (it’s to your left if standing in the parking lot, facing 40 Main). There is an outdoor stairway next to the North building. Take it up to the 2nd floor. Once inside the exterior door there—you’ll be in an unheated lobby thing—201 is the door on your left.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To enter the 201 space there are three carpeted steps down. There’s no way around them, and there’s no railing. Let me know if you want to make a game-plan around this inaccessibility.

ANOTHER NOTE: There are gendered bathrooms for us to use in the building, down a long-ish hallway. They are near the elevator.

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