Islands in the Stream: A Dolly Parton Poetry Workshop

April 3, 2023

7 - 9 pm


Islands in the Stream: A Dolly Parton Poetry Workshop
Led by Dustin Brookshire and Lynn Melnick

What can the songs of legendary singer-songwriter Dolly Parton teach us about writing, craft, and perspectives in poetry? In this online workshop, poets Dustin Brookshire and Lynn Melnick guide participants through exploring the discography and cultural impact of Dolly Parton. We’ll use this as inspiration for writing new poems via thematic prompts.

About your facilitators
Dustin Brookshire (he/him) is an editor of Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology (Madville Publishing, 2023) and author of the chapbooks Never Picked First For Playtime (Harbor Editions, 2023), Love Most Of You Too (Harbor Editions, 2021) and To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). Visit him online at

Lynn Melnick (she/her) is the author of the poetry collections Refusenik (2022), Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017), and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), all with YesYes Books, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her memoir, I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton is available from the University of Texas Press in 2022.