In this eight-week intermediate workshop, students will practice what Cole Swenson calls an “applied poetics,” where we investigate the ultimate aims of certain poetic modes and study the craft strategies that can lead a poem there. Students will be given assignments and writing exercises that emphasize poetic form and craft, leading them into unexpected creative terrain. Students will have an opportunity to workshop up to 20 pages of poetry, and we will explore the ways collections of poems work to create a complex and more sustained narrative arc. The course will invite students to develop a sense of community as we share our discoveries and deepen our practice. Previous experience studying poetry and/or enrollment in Poetry I or Mixed Levels Poetry is recommended.
This class will take place at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served. If you would like to be added to the waitlist and are prepared to join the class if a spot opens up, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 3, 2018 to June 21, 2018
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.