Workshop: Female Beat Poets

Our Stirred friends gathered a moon ago to write a response to the female beat poets of the 50’s/60’s.

Our zine submissions are open for the beat influenced or inspired poems, so get them sent to us by close of day! Today is the last day you can submit. Read on for inspiring prompts from last month’s workshop.


  1.  First, automatic or free writing. Set a two minute timer and begin, do not pause, do not hesitate, do not edit or correct and there is no need to punctuate. The aim is to get the pen moving. Begin with a line from Janine Pommy Vega:

”I could travel around the world/sending you postcards”

You can take this anywhere, even if you are stuck simply repeat the opening line.

2. Look at the Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima, write your women beatsown revolutionary letter, what concerns you today?

3. Look at Diane Di Prima’s ‘City Lights Bookshop’. Write about a cultural venue shop or library that has shaped your writing. Be influenced by her conversational style.

4. Look at Hettie Jones poem ‘Weather’. She starts by referencing a folder of poems. Start a poem with a reference to your own poetry, include a reference to current events and pay attentions to way her stanzas become couplets.



I have just realized that the stakes are myself
I have no other
ransom money, nothing to break or barter but my life
my spirit measured out, in bits, spread over
the roulette table, I recoup what I can
nothing else to shove under the nose of the maitre de jeu
nothing to thrust out the window, no white flag…

Diane Di Prima


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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