Alumna Artist in Residence Jodie Hollander Returns to Santa Barbara


The Squire Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be hosting alumni Artist in Residence Jodie Hollander from January 8th-January 28th at our campus in Santa Barbara.

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her work has been published in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Yale Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The New Criterion, Australia’s Best Poems of 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US.

Hollander is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a Hawthornden Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She currently lives in Colorado. During her residency, Jodie will be hosting a number of events in Santa Barbara and Ventura
Counties. The schedule of events is as follows:

JANUARY 10, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading from My Dark Horses by Jodie Hollander
Ventura Artists’ Union’s Thursday Night Poetry Series
Ventura County Library
EP Foster Library, Topping Room
651 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001

JANUARY 12, 10:00AM –2:00 PM
Poetry, Memory, and Childhood: Writing Workshop led by Jodie Hollander
Art City Gallery and Studios
197 Dubbers Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Please register online, space is limited. Workshop Fee: $50

Our language making is inseparable from our musical sense; as Duke Ellington famously said, “It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing).” On this course we’ll look at our most powerful memories, and study how to craft a musical poem by studying some of the basics of metrical and free verse poetry and investigating how sound works within the poetic line. Students will learn how to create ear-pleasing poetry, with a special focus on tempo, pacing, crafting a line in iambic pentameter and the effective use of line breaks. More broadly, we’ll consider how sound works as a gateway to the senses and how musicality creates its own kind of meaning within a poem. This is a course for anyone who wants to make their poetic line more musical and exercises will be designed to help students draw inspiration from their own experiences, and then effectively transform these observations into powerful, singing poetry.

JANUARY 13, 10:00AM – 2:00 PM
Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop: for Artists & Writers, led by Jodie Hollander
513 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Please register online, space is limited. Workshop Fee: $50

Experience art at a new level and use it to inspire your writing. Internationally known poet Jodie Hollander teaches this workshop, in which participants respond poetically to exhibitions at SBCAST. Students will study examples of celebrated poems that respond to or were inspired by art. Then students will be led through a variety of writing activities inspired by the art, ultimately leading to a draft of an original poem. Students will discuss poetic techniques such as the use of vivid imagery, the importance of sonics, how to shape a poetic line as well as techniques for drafting and revision. No experience necessary.

JANUARY 15, 6:00 PM
Poetry Reading from My Dark Horses by Jodie Hollander
Ojai Poetry Series
Ojai Public Library, Community Room
111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023

JANUARY 26, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Poetry of Grief and Healing: Workshop led by Jodie Hollander *
In commemoration of the anniversary of the Thomas Fire & Montecito Debris Flow
Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA
RSVP required, space is limited. Free workshop.

For centuries, creating art, and writing poetry in particular, has served as a form of healing for hurt, pain and grief. In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the fire and mud slides that devastated so many in Santa Barbara, this workshop will explore how to make sense of our pain. We'll study and discuss examples of celebrated poems that tackle these difficult topics and discuss effective techniques for channeling our pain. Then, through a series of writing prompts, we'll examine our own experiences and turn them into poems. The course will also offer a brief introduction to meter and will consider tempo, pacing, and how to craft an ear-pleasing line of poetry. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in the incredible transformative power of poetry to heal our wounds. No experience necessary.