“Documentary poetry” is a contemporary form that blends journalism, history, science, and more with language art. This workshop will review poetry that incorporates documents such as news, historical and public texts. We’ll discuss protocol and advantages of including words from texts in poems. In the second half of the workshop, we’ll write our own documentary poetry using articles with photographs (most environmentally based) supplied by the instructor. You are welcome to bring your own documents on a favorite topic. Non-poets welcome!


About the Writer:

Claire McCabe

Claire McCabe

Claire McCabe’s poetry and creative non-fiction essays have been published in the Real Women Write Anthology and True Words, both published by the Story Circle Network; in the WSOFIS Anthology by Devils Party Press; and in the 2018, 2019 Bay to Ocean Anthologies published by Eastern Shore Writers association. Her poem “Under the Clootie Tree” has been nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize.

Claire has been a featured reader in the Kennett Square Brew Pub poets’ reading, the Solstice offsite reading at AWP in Tampa, Second Saturday Poets in Wilmington, and Lunch-lines Poets at Cecil County Arts events.

She has taught documentary poetry at the graduate level for an MFA program, at a writers’ retreat/conference for authors, and developed a semester-long capstone course for graduating university seniors based on documentary poetry. She has an MFA in poetry from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College, and teaches creative writing full time at the University of Delaware where she is an assistant professor in the English Department.




Kirkwood Library
6000 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington. Delaware


Due to library restrictions, attendees must be 18 or older, or accompanied by an adult.

Written by Tery Griffin