Aug. 7: Virtual Workshop with Maya Williams – Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program

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Date(s) - August 7, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The first poetry workshop under The Bread & Poetry ProjectMaya Williams, Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, will be leading a poetry workshop and discussion of the poetic devices of displaying first date impressions on Monday, August 7th, from 6-8 PM

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Workshop Description: First impressions are fun to observe for their embodiment of awkwardness, the effect of imagery of first sights, and the setting of location that could either help or hurt a first meeting. This can especially be true in first date impressions whether you have experienced them, know you’re about to experience them, or heard of a person’s Bumble/Tinder/Hinge related befuddlement. This goes for romantic and platonic dates.

Maya Williams will be using poems from their second collection Refused a Second Date, Khadijah Queen’s I’m So Fine, and Chen Chen’s Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency to encourage participants to write and discuss the poetic devices of displaying first date impressions.

Maya Williams (ey/they/she) is a Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently the seventh poet laureate of Portland, ME. Eir second collection Refused a Second Date will be released in October 2023. For more information visit Although this is a free event, consider making a donation with or without attendance as it will further the longevity of The Bread & Poetry Project to continue offering free poetry programming to the community.

This event is made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation. This event was organized by the Portsmouth Poetry Laureate Program.