Blackout poetry, also known as a type of found poetry or erasure poetry, is a type of visual poetry created from a found text, usually from a print newspaper or a book page. This creation method is useful for creative inspiration and personal expression, mindfulness, and can serve as an enjoyable writing exercise. The idea of this process is to cross out the majority of the text with a black marker, only leaving a few words visible to comprise a poem within the text. The imagery of the redacted text —via the use of a black marker (hence: “blackout” poetry) — and the remaining readable text work together to form a new piece of visual poetry. Often, imagery can be created using other media besides black markers to create the poem's visual aspect. Through this workshop, you will be given examples of what blackout and found poetry can look like, a few text pieces to create your own, and instructions on how to continue this practice on your own using your own found materials.