This intimate Poetry by the Bay Retreat for up to 14 Participants will be held at Jubilee Suites B&B on August 4 - 8, 2024 in the beautiful waterfront resort town of Fairhope, AL. Your participation includes structured craft talks each morning and 3-hour workshops each afternoon with our two renowned Poet Instructors, plus plenty of individual writing time. Each evening after the workshops, you'll have time to enjoy Fairhope for dinner and sightseeing. Participants will gather after dinner for a dessert hour with poetry readings and fellowship. Bring a guest to share your accommodations, meals, and readings if you like. The culminating event will feature the Participants reading their works to a public audience at the Fairhope Public Library.
The Politics of Poetry: The Art of Writing About Race, Religion, Sex and Other Social Issues
Art for art's sake is only one aspect of being an artist or poet. Yes. Love and Death will always be staples of any poet's diet. But poets do not create in a vacuum. How do poets live in a world of sexism, war, poverty, domestic violence, etc., and not have their work affected by it? This workshop will attempt to find a balance between creating art and addressing social ills that affect our personal lives and those of the nation. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive. This generative workshop will work on mining the self as a source for writing poems about the larger world outside the self. We will look at the work of others, and then using prompts and exercises we will take a close look at ourselves (both physically and geographically) and use that source material to arrive at some poetic observations about the larger context in which we live.
Meet the Instructors
James Cherry: Poet | Fiction Writer | Professor | Literary Activist | Impresario
James E Cherry, President of the Griot Collective of West Tennessee, a poetry workshop, is the award-winning author of three previous collections of poetry, two novels, and a collection of short fiction. His latest collection of poetry, Between Chance and Mercy, was published by Willow Books in 2024. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, a Lillian Smith Book Award and a Next Generation Indie Book Award for Fiction, Cherry's work has been featured in journals and anthologies in France, England, Nigeria, China, and Canada as well as numerous U.S. publications. His novel, Edge of the Wind, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year finalist for fiction. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and resides in Tennessee with his wife, Tammy. Please visit his website: https://www.jamesecherry.com/
Jacqueline Trimble: Professor | Poet | Script Writer | Author | Literary Activist
Jacqueline Allen Trimble is an award-winning author who lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama where she is a Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow (Poetry), a Cave Canem Fellow, and a two-time Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow. Among her vast body of published work, her poetry has appeared in various journals including Poetry Magazine, The Louisville Review, The Offing, Poet Lore, and Salvation South, and has also been featured by Poetry Foundation's Poem of the Day, Poetry Daily, and The Rumpus. Her work is included in the anthologies, This is The Honey (Little, Brown); All Night, All Day: Life, Death and Angels (Madville Publishing); The Night's Magician (Negative Capability Press); Southern Writers on Writing (University Press of Mississippi); and The Beautiful: Poets Reimagine America, a collection representing each U.S. state and territory in words, pictures and a traveling art exhibit. Published by NewSouth Books, American Happiness, her debut poetry collection, was named the Best Book of 2016 by the inaugural Seven Sisters Book Awards and won the 2016 Balcones Poetry Prize. Her new collection, How to Survive the Apocalypse, was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the top ten poetry books for 2022. Visit her website here: jacquelineallentrimble.com
Workshop Agenda: Sunday, August 4 - Thursday, August 8, 2024
Sunday evening begins the retreat with a wine and cheese reception. During the three daily Craft Talks that begin on Monday morning, Jackie Trimble and James Cherry will teach the Participants for an hour and then provide a prompt for the writing assignment. Participants will have writing time before lunch is served at Jubilee Suites. During the 3-hour afternoon Workshops, Jackie and James will each lead 1/2 of the Participants in sharing and discussing each person's work using a specific methodology. Each evening, everyone will be on their own for dinner in the charming town of Fairhope except Wednesday, when Jubilee Suites will provide a buffet supper. After dinner, we'll gather together again for readings and dessert. The final evening, Participants will read their works before a live audience at the Fairhope Public Library.
Accommodations and Cost
Jubilee Suites offers 7 suites, each individually furnished, and each with 1 or 2 bedrooms and 1 or 2 bathrooms. Room registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual Participants can choose to share a 2-bedroom suite with another Participant, book an entire 2-bedroom suite, or book a 1-bedroom suite, subject to availability at the time of their registration and payment. All rates noted below are before the 10% tax. Be sure to visit our Suites page for complete descriptions of each suite, along with pictures and virtual tours. When Jubilee Suites accommodations become full, we can recommend other local hotels. Learn more about each suite at the links below.
- The Azalea (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom) is $500.00 per night or $250.00 per bedroom if shared.
- The Camellia (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom) is $500.00 per night or $250.00 per bedroom if shared.
- The Dogwood (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom) is $500.00 per night or $250.00 per bedroom if shared.
- The Cypress (2 bedroom, one shared bath) is $ 430.00 per night or $215 a bedroom if shared.
- The Magnolia (1 bedroom, one bathroom) is $400.00 per night.
- The Charlotte (1 bedroom, one bathroom) is $375.00 per night.
- The New Orleans (1 bedroom, one bathroom) is $315.00 per night.
Fees for The Poetry by the Bay Retreat
The Retreat fees include everything except your accommodations and three nightly meals. All other meals, instruction fees, and miscellaneous supplies are included. Since some Participants may wish to bring a guest or family member to enjoy Jubilee Suites, share your bedroom, and attend meals and readings, we've included that option.
- Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of $25 will be paid when you apply for the Retreat and submit your 5 poetry or prose pieces for review. The deadline for application is May 15, 2024.
- Registration fees: Jubilee Suites will contact you after you are accepted for the Retreat. You will then book your suite and pay for both your Retreat fees and accommodations. Prices vary by the suite you choose. See the suites above. The deadline for registration is June 15, 2024.
- Participant fee if staying at Jubilee Suites: $625 plus tax
- Participant fee if NOT staying at Jubilee Suites: $1000 plus tax
- Guest fees: Guests who wish to accompany Retreat Participants and stay at Jubilee Suites or another hotel and attend all meals and/or readings are all welcome with additional fees.
- Guests of Participants who want to attend all meals and readings - for 2 days: $175 + tax
- Guests of Participants who want to attend all meals and readings - for 3 days: $225 + tax
Your Retreat Fee Includes:
- 3 Craft Talks with Instructors - a 1-hour session each day
- 3 Workshops with Instructors- a 3-hour session each day
- Free time for writing
- Welcome reception on Sunday - Wine and cheese
- Breakfast each morning
- Catered lunches on-site
- Buffet dinner on Wednesday
- Day 1 Reading and dessert - Cookies and coffee
- Day 2 Reading and dessert - Bonfire and s'mores
- Day 3- Public reading
- Instructor costs
- All supplies - Notebook, pens, etc.
How to Register for Poetry by the Bay 2024
Let's get together and work on our craft. Enjoy a beautiful beachfront setting at Jubilee Suites on Mobile Bay, make new friends, and learn from award-winning poet Instructors.
- To apply for the workshop, Participants must submit writing samples of 5 poems or prose with a $25 application fee by May 15, 2024.
- When selected for the Retreat, Participants will be notified and must communicate with Jubilee Suites to select their suite and submit payment. The deadline for registration is June 15, 2024.
- The event will be canceled if fewer than 8 Participants register.