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Poetry I

with Kim Young at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock


Thursdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 21 to April 11, 2019

3 SPOTS LEFT!
Students welcome to join in week two.

Through original creative work, revision, reading, and discussion, this eight-week workshop will focus on making poems that are driven by a keen attention to language, image, and sound. As we engage with each other’s work and the weekly readings, we’ll explore the ways poetry can recover more complex imaginative and perceptive possibilities. As poet Mark Doty wisely asserts: “Our metaphors go on ahead of us; they know before we do.” We will be putting Doty’s assertion to the test with an emphasis on generative writing exercises that lead us into surprising and productive creative spaces.

This class is open to students at all levels and will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $380 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

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Kim Young is the author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (The University of Utah Press) and finalist for the 2014 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Divided Highway (Dancing Girl Press, 2008). She is the founding editor of Chaparral, an online journal featuring poetry from Southern California, and her poems and essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hotel Amerika, Western Humanities Review, POOL, and elsewhere. She teaches at California State University, Northridge and holds an MFA from Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry.


Testimonial

“Kim Young is a generous guide. She demonstrates that every poem we encounter can teach us about the practice of writing—in terms of potential or mastery. In her workshops, the realms of enchantment are available to anyone with an open heart. Close reading, risk taking, and moral support are valued. I have made lasting friendships in these classes precisely because the atmosphere flourishes with laughter and appreciation.” —Sara Ellen Fowler

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Reviews

"The poems are so moving, I feel as if I am suffering as much as any of the characters. This really is an excellent book of poetry. Her story is heartbreaking." —Apalachee Review

"Kim Young's Night Radio works much as its subject matter does: worming its way into your ear like an urban legend, it lodges somewhere behind your eyes and works itself out in pieces, at night, almost against your will. [Her] debut collection feels real, dark, and deep. In the face of horrible and irrational deeds, we are still open to communication, and the book reminds us of that in startling and lyric ways."—Pebble Lake Review

“Young forces the reader to question the reliability and necessity of memory: what we wish to remember, what we try to repress, and what we know we must not forget.” —Boxcar Poetry Review