Master Class: Dodie Bellamy

RESCHEDULED: New date below
Class Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST
Duration: 1 day (class meets once, for 3 hrs.)
Instructor: Dodie Bellamy
Location: Online

Description: Study with Dodie Bellamy in this one-day online class, The Beating of Our Hearts: Embodiment and the Turn to Content. With all the intense political realities bombarding us these days, many experimental poets are directly expressing overt content. This prose workshop/seminar will explore one path towards such content: using the body to ground ideas as well as emotion.

The class runs for 3 hours and will be held in our online, video-conferenced classroom, so you can attend from your own home, from anywhere in the world. Our students attend class from all over the world, including recently from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Singapore, Scotland, and, of course, the United States.

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Please note: after registering you will receive a receipt from PayPal, this serves as your registration confirmation. Then, closer to the start of classes you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: Early registration $199 (before 1/28/15), Regular $250 Gen. / $199 Edu.

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Poetics Level 1

Start Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Schedule: Wednesdays, April 6 – May 17
Time: 7 – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: Blending lecture, written exercises, and in-class feedback this course is designed to help you: view your poetry with the cold eyes that are necessary to make instinctual edits based on the many tools at your disposal; meld the inspiration behind a poem with the types of effective techniques that will really bring it across to the reader; and use a wide and varied set of tools to write poems that resonate with readers and to write poems that inhabit multiple zones or levels of meaning.

Please note: after registering you will receive a receipt from PayPal, this serves as your registration confirmation. Then, closer to the start of classes you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: Early registration: $240 (before 3/6/15), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 2

Start Date: Thursday, April 7, 2015
Schedule: Thursdays, April 6 – May 17
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Larry Sawyer
Location: Online

Description: Blending lecture, written exercises, and feedback. Brief discussions of experiments that help start the writing process followed by the writing of original work in friendly and supportive environment.

In a supportive and collaborative environment students begin to draft original poems based on the fundamental concepts already learned and use those concepts to revise old work if necessary.

Less isn’t more at the beginning of this process. Poets should use techniques such as automatic writing, random effect, shifts in writing method and even location, personal archeology, access to a wide variety of secondary source texts, found language, investigative poetry techniques, journal keeping, experiments/or understanding of the basics of all traditional form, list poems, etymological research to expand areas of a work, turning a popular prose work into a poetic work of your own, ekphrastic poetry, bestiaries, abecedarians, autobiography, and so forth. Students should generate a copious amount of writing from which to work, edit, and revise and exhaust all resources in the writing of poetry.

Critique

  • To critique a poem on its own terms—a discussion of author intention
  • To discuss the tools that could improve the poem to give it more resonance and coherence

Please note: after registering you will receive a receipt from PayPal, this serves as your registration confirmation. Then, closer to the start of classes you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: Early registration: $240 (before 3/6/15), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Pulse Poem Pulse

Start Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Schedule: Mondays, April 6 – May 17
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Barbara Barg
Location: Online

Description: Ponder melodic/percussive/sensual/intrusive attributes of words, syllabic noise, silences, and other sounds that come out of our mouths. We visit Stein, Poe, Dada, Italian/Russian Futurism, Bebop/Beats, buzzing swamps, chattering rainforests, chairs in the desert, the dark-rumped petrel, dogs in jazz quartets, barking humans, rusted bomber wombs, Earth’s magnetosphere, black holes, India, Africa, and Arkansas in search of fresh rhythmic, tonal, textural, and vocal strategies for poems. Good class for performance poets, songwriters, and poets. “For the Greeks, O King, who make logical demonstrations, use words emptied of power, and this very activity is what constitutes their philosophy, a mere noise of words. But we [Egyptians] do not use words (logoi) but sounds (phōnai) which are full of effects” (Corpus Hermeticum. 1954-1960, CH xvi 2, Nock and Festugière 1972-1983, ii 232)

Please note: after registering you will receive a receipt from PayPal, this serves as your registration confirmation. Then, closer to the start of classes you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: Early registration: $240 (before 3/6/15), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Sentenced to Gender

Start Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Schedule: Saturdays, April 6 – May 17
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: This workshop will focus on innovative poetry by women, particularly the ways in which stylistic experimentation in poetry allows one to question, interrogate, and revise the various hierarchies we impose upon language. We will consider the myriad ways that our understanding of language, its conventions, and the categories we impose upon it are gendered. Questions we will address during weekly discussions include: How does grammar reflect (and perpetuate) values and assumptions implicit in today’s cultural landscape? When poets re-envision the minutia of grammar, what else do they dismantle, reconstitute, and revise? To what extent are received grammatical structures necessary for maintaining community and dialogue? Can writers simultaneously inhabit and revise received modes of writing and thinking? Finally, what is the relationship between writing and social justice, and how can seemingly small stylistic choices in poetry contribute to a more just society? As we explore potential answers to these questions, we will read texts by Carol Guess and Daniela Olszewska, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Joanna Ruocco, Kara Candito, Molly Gaudry, and others as determined by students’ interests. Readings in contemporary women’s poetry will be paired with weekly writing prompts and ongoing discussions of student poems.

Please note: after registering you will receive a receipt from PayPal, this serves as your registration confirmation. Then, closer to the start of classes you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: Early registration: $240 (before 3/6/15), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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