Master Class: Pierre Joris

Class Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST
Duration: 1 day (class meets once, for 3 hrs.)
Instructor: Pierre Joris
Location: Online

Description: Study with poet Pierre Joris in this one-day online class. “Writing translation / translating writing” inverts the traditional relationship of original text & translated copy & reinscribes the activity of translation as core process of the act of writing. Students will be simultaneously involved with writing & with translation from a language of their choice into English in a range of forms proposed by their own practice & culture.

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.

Class size is limited to 10 students. Only 7 seats left.

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Tuition: $250

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Erasure Poetry

Start Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Schedule: Thursdays, February 20 – March 27
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: This course will focus on erasure poetry, meaning poetry created by excising significant portions of a found text, which is then edited, shaped, and structured by the poet. Questions we will address in the class include: When may one take liberties with someone else’s text? How does one reconcile found texts with one’s own voice as a poet? How does one present erasure material from a visual standpoint (meaning its layout on the printed page)? In what ways have writers blended erasure poetry with procedural and constraint-based writing? Finally, what is the relationship between an erasure poem and the original source text (i.e., does the erasure always function as a critique, parody, or argument about the original text)? We will also discuss how one chooses a source text for an erasure poem, as well as strategies for editing, revising, and placing erasure poems with literary magazines and small presses. Every week students will receive feedback on erasure projects, with the option to work toward a book-length erasure manuscript or numerous shorter projects. Readings will include excerpts from Yedda Morrison’s Darkness (an erasure of Joseph Conrad’s classic work, Heart of Darkness), Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os (an erasure of John Milton’s Paradise Lost), Srikanth Reddy’s Voyager, and other texts to be assigned based on the students’ interests.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 1

Start Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Schedule: Saturdays, February 22 – March 29
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: 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.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 2

Start Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Schedule: Saturdays, February 22 – March 29
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 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

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 3

Start Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Schedule: Sundays, February 23 – March 30
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Francesco Levato
Location: Online

Description: Blending lecture, written exercises, and feedback in a friendly and collaborative environment. Continue to use the previously-learned techniques, not writing prompts, to start the writing process. Advanced students will continue to apply the previous critiques to their own writing and continue to generate new work. The goal will be for each student to have written and/or polished 20 pages of poetry in total. These poems can build on works created in Poetics: Level I and Poetics: Level II.

Students will:

  • Discuss the idea and implications of manuscripts and publishing
  • Discuss whether the body of recent work should be viewed as a whole
  • Identify common thematic elements in the body of work or writing “tics” that might be counterproductive to a project, or alienate the reader, and discuss whether they should be eliminated, expanded etc.
  • Discuss whether thematic unity is necessary
  • Prepare manuscripts via critique for presentation to others or even publication

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Publishing Bootcamp: Extended

Start Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Schedule: Sundays, February 23 – March 30
Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Larry Sawyer
Location: Online

Description: Now that you’ve written hundreds of poems you’d like to see them in print or online. The instructor will share his insight gained after 12+ years of editing a respected online magazine, and publishing his own poetry in numerous magazines and in book form. Are contests really worth it? Should you have to help a publisher pay for print costs? What are some of the leading poetry publications and how should you follow up with them? Students will receive sound instructor advice and critique on specific methods for publishing.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Pulse Poem Pulse

Start Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
Schedule: Mondays, February 24 – March 31
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: Language is a poet’s instrument. This class focuses on developing dexterity and creativity with the rhythm, texture, and tonal qualities of language. Students will break language down to its melodic and percussive elements, and explore rhythms and sounds from diverse, sometimes unusual sources. Exercises are designed to broaden students’ rhythmic palettes and their sense of play with the grain and weave of their works. Attention is also paid to vocalization strategies.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Red-Headed Stepchild: The Unholy Spawn of Poetry and Story

Start Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Schedule: Tuesdays, February 25 – April 1
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Sharon Mesmer
Location: Online

Description: How can using ideas and techniques from 16th century China, 17th century Japan and 19th century France infuse your work with new, exciting dynamics? You’d be surprised! In this workshop we’ll first look at some very early examples of what we now think of as “hybrid” writing, then blend the hallmarks of those early models (brevity, spontaneity, tightly-focused imagery) with contemporary ideas and techniques (collage, appropriation) to heighten your language, expand your subject matter, and provide you with a whole new toolbox for further experimentation. During each class meeting we’ll read and discuss one or two model texts, and those texts will be paired with a related prompt for at least fifteen minutes of “in-conference” writing, which you can work on during the week and present in the next class session. Readings include “hsaio-p’in” vignettes from late Ming-era China, excerpts from Matsuo Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Interior, and Rimbaud’s Illuminations (to give the French prose poem its props!). Modern and contemporary works serving as model texts will be Yasunari Kawabata’s Palm of the Hand Stories, which blends the shortest form (haiku) with the longest form (the novel), Alice Notley’s revelatory epic The Descent of Alette and Nelson Algren’s “prose poem essay” (his term), Chicago: City on the Make.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Shock the Monkey: Poetry and Mass Media

Start Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Schedule: Sundays, February 23 – March 30
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Larry Sawyer
Location: Online

Description: Marshall McLuhan’s statement that “Art is anything you can get away with” will be a stepping off point for an examination of how current or popular music, movies, and the cult of celebrity influences one’s world and therefore also one’s writing. Students will study the slings and arrows of the outrageous fortunes of present-day celebrities and use appropriation, investigative methods, parody, the conceptual, replacement methods, hybrid narrative, and ekphrasis to push the limits of what poetry can do—in its subject matter, as well as the form it assumes on the page. The instructor will share poems written that were informed by these topics from poets including Tyehimba Jess, David Trinidad, and James Pate. Film, music, and advertising copy will be source material for the writing of new poems that respond to and reclaim the language.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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