Walnut Hill School for the Arts

5 Poems in 5 Days

5 Poems in 5 Days

Program Dates: July 19 - 25, 2020
Grades: Rising 8th - Rising 12th


During this week-long intensive, students will write a new poem each day. A series of workshops will help them explore and expand how they use voice, imagery, and form in their poems. The intensive will also highlight the relationship between poetry and other mediums such as visual art, photography, and film. The week will include a field trip off-campus and culminate in the creation of a chapbook and presentation of student work. Previous experience with writing poetry is welcome, but not required.


Margaret Funkhouser holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Dance and American Studies from Wesleyan University. She has taught at Bryant University and Washington University, where she was also the 2002–2003 Writer-in-Residence. She has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, an E. E. Ford Award for Exceptional Merit in Teaching, and fellowships from the Boston Athenaeum and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Paris Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. 

Amelia Iverson Gregoire holds a BA from Framingham State University in Communication and Visual Arts, where she focused on photography and advertising. Prior to that she worked her way through the Massachusetts Bay Community College associates program, while working as a Darkroom Teaching Aid. In that time she found passion in teaching students photography basics, as well as guest lecturing in studio shooting. Amelia earned an M.ED in Educational Technology and has been able to blend her creative and technology experience to further pedagogy in an arts environment. Amelia has assisted in the Writing, Film & Media Arts department as well as Digital Photography in the Art360 program.