Digital Poetics: Introduction

Start Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016
Schedule: Sundays, May 8 – June 12
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Francesco Levato
Location: Online

Description: This course serves as an introduction to digital literature, with a specific focus on poetry. During the course of the session we will examine a variety of digital forms of literature, from hypertext, interactive, and audio/video poetry to videogame, social media, and code-based poetries. We will view, experience, and immerse ourselves in these digital works while exploring our own poetry through multiple modes of digital creation. To get a sense of the type of work will be viewing and creating, please visit the multimedia section of Francesco’s website or the Electronic Literature Collection at the Electronic Literature Organization.

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 4/7/16), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 1

Start Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Schedule: Thursdays, May 12 – June 16
Time: 7 – 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 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 4/7/16), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 2

Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Schedule: Fridays, May 13 – June 17
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: 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: Early registration: $240 (before 4/7/16), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetry and Feminist Theory

Start Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Schedule: Tuesdays, May 10 – June 14
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 class will consider the ways that poets can use form and technique to comment on existing debates in feminist theory. We will focus particular attention on theorists who have revolutionized the style of academic writing, particularly Luce Irigiray, Julia Kristeva, and Helene Cixous. Questions we will address in class include: Where does the boundary between critical and creative writing exist, if at all? Who gets to decide what is “critical” and what is “creative” writing? How can one use the resources of poetry to question these manifestations of power and authority within the academy? We will interrogate (and subvert) the larger social structures that inform our writing practices. With that in mind, the theoretical texts for each class will be paired with weekly writing prompts and texts by contemporary poets (Sarah Vap, Joanna Ruocco, Kristy Bowen, Simone Muench, Khadijah Queen, Jenny Boully, and others).

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Tuition: Early registration: $240 (before 4/7/16), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Pulse Poem Pulse

Start Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
Schedule: Mondays, May 9 – June 13
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)

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Tuition: Early registration: $240 (before 4/7/16), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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The Chapbook as a Literary Form

Start Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Schedule: Wednesdays, May 11 – June 15
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 workshop will focus on the unique artistic possibilities inherent in shorter collections of poetry, namely chapbooks. Because chapbooks are usually less than forty-eight pages in length, they may allow the writer to focus on a particular form, theme or narrative. This workshop will guide students in choosing previous poems for inclusion in a chapbook, structuring the manuscript, and adding to existing work to create a unified short collection. The class will also provide an introduction to the vast and diverse world of chapbook publishing. Each week, we will examine excerpts of short collections from a different press, thinking through the editorial vision behind the work and its relationship to student projects submitted to the workshop. Readings will include chapbooks from Dancing Girl Press, Finishing Line Press, Belladonna Books, Fewer and Further Press, Horseless Press, and other presses as determined by student interests.

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 4/7/16), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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