Danell Jones

Danell Jones’s poetry, fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications. She is the author of The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop and Desert Elegy and is a co-founder of the Big Sky Writing Workshops.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with a challenge: Write a poem a day. To help inspire your poetic fire, poets Danell Jones and Anna Paige are offering a Poem-A-Day workshop designed to ignite your poetic creativity.

Jones and Paige will challenge writers to try to write a poem, a draft of a poem, a fragment of poetry, or even just an idea for a poem, every day of the month.

The Poem-a-Day workshop kick offs with a poetry mingle and workshop with writers from BALA and Big Sky Writing Workshops on Saturday, April 1 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway.

This informal workshop will help prepare anyone who is interested in writing a poem a day. A paid instructional workshop will follow each Thursday during April at Better To Gather, 2404 Montana Ave.

Poetry prompts for paid participants will be emailed daily. Weekly workshop will give participants a chance to share work, practice poetic techniques, and receive feedback and guidance on poems.

The cost for the workshop is $145, and attendees do not have to be located in Billings to participate online. Online attendees will receive the daily prompt and can send up to three poems a week for feedback. Cost for the online-only workshop is $99.

Poets are then invited back to This House of Books for an open mic on Tuesday, May 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to all writers.

Jones’ poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. Paige is a poet and educator and co-founder of Billings Area Literary Arts, created from a desire to connect writers to one another and grow the literary community of Billings. 


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