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I’m at it again with private 1:1 poetry and essay writing workshops for those of you who desire to move forward in your own craft. A couple of spots are available beginning in August for new clients. Contact me to learn more. My workshops support a diverse range of poets/writers with many from marginalized communities. I currently continue to meet via  Zoom & in person in Taos with students from various parts of the country at at times with those from overseas.

2021 Group Workshops


This generative poetry workshop will consist of reading and writing the elegos (the Greek word for “song of mourning.”) Does poetry prepare us to talk and write about grief? Is the process of writing a poem similar to the grieving process?

Your poems will be inspired by prompts and the experience of metamorphosing loss into poetry.

Workshops:  the first two Fridays of the months: October, November, December 9:30 - 11:30 am MT

October 8 & 15

November 5 & 12

December 3 & 10

via Zoom. $350. for SOMOS members $425. non-

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SOMOS phone 575-758-0081

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Courage in Poetry

Generative Poetry Workshop

Wednesdays, 10-12:30 MT

January 6- February 24, 2021

January 6, 13, 20, 27

February 3, 10, 17, 24

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“Catherine Strisik’s “Courage in Poetry” workshop was fierce and focused.  Catherine  challenged us to get edgy and uncomfortable; to venture into scary places; and to write our hearts out. The result? My writing and I went in directions we’d never gone before. I thank her for her insight and inspiration.”
-Maria Garcia

Courage in Poetry was my first-ever poetry workshop. Catherine’s focused, insightful attention to my first attempts at this form, new to me, was a true education — drawing forth from this student what I didn’t even know I was capable of. With great care and compassion, she created a safe and encouraging learning environment that opened all of us to be brave and bold and daring.
- Eileen Wiard

“Poetry can be a mysterious creature. As a sensuous poet, Cathy Strisik knows well how to invite verse out into vulnerable openings—sun filled clearings of meadows and streams. As a gifted teacher, she shares wisdom on the way to poetry’s dwelling place. I study—a lot—with many poets. Cathy is among the best. I will continue to study with her every chance I can.”
​-Kate O’Neil

“Cathy Strisik’s poetry workshops have helped to expand the way I look at and feel poetry. I found the knowledge and passion for poetry she showed in her classes nurtured my desire to write. I valued how she brought out each person’s own unique path to writing through her style of teaching. The classes helped me to become more aware of each of my senses in order to find words to write about challenging topics.  It was a gift to be a part of her workshops!”
-Dianne Vona

“Cathy Strisik’s poetry workshops are sheer pleasure! She has an amazing ability to bring out the best in us, to see the strengths in what we write, and to guide us toward more “poetic” expression. I loved the entire experience.”
-Margery Reading

“Cathy Strisik pulls from us our best by providing the suspension cables to hoist us into the big sky of poetry.”
-Tiffany Jama
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