Add power to your poetic punches and fleetness to your formal footwork. These classes will focus on adding techniques, tension, and twists to your expressive toolbox. Specific classes will focus on landing leaps, torquing turns, and the uses and abuses of certain voids. There will be a weekly writing assignment and workshop as well as assigned readings from contemporary poets and other artists offering varied approaches to the week’s topic. Prepare to stretch and tone your mental muscles and learn how to “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant.”
Please bring a packet of 3 to 5 short poems (no more than 5 pages) to the first class.
Monica Youn is the author of Barter and Ignatz, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award. She has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies including Fence, The Paris Review, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress and has received residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell and the Rockefeller Foundation / Bellagio. She has taught creative writing at Pratt Institute and Columbia University, and is currently the Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow at NYU Law School.