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Identity in Poetry: Writing the Other, Writing the Self

  • Art Church 5219 Webster Street Philadelphia, PA 19143 (map)

What is the relationship between author and speaker, and how does that intimacy or distance operate within a poem? What are the various tactics for engaging with and/or subverting poetic traditions, like confession and persona? Ideal for writers who have experience with the basics of poetry, this course will seek to answer these questions, as we explore poetic approaches including ekphrasis and lyric. In the first half of this course, students will perform close readings and generate original poems; the second half will continue an exploration of texts, while we workshop poems generated in prior weeks. Readings will include both poetry and craft essays, and will feature Jericho Brown, Cathy Linh Che, Alfred Corn, Rita Dove, Carolyn Forché, Solmaz Sharif, and Wisława Szymborska, among others.

6-12 students, Art Church, 5219 Webster Street (34 Trolley to 53rd st, Market Frankford to 52nd st)

$400 (Financial aid is available)

For more information or to apply for a class, please email by August 6th 2018  with a short summary of your interest in the class, and a sample of work in the genre you're applying for--either 2-3 poems or 5-7 pages of prose. If applying for financial aid, please fill out the form at this link:

Earlier Event: July 29
Reading at The NYC Poetry Festival