Classy Talk with Emily Warn: Spring 2014

Posted Tue, 3/18/2014 - 10:53am by  |  Category:

emily-warn.jpgWhat is the title of your class? 

Introduction to Writing Poetry                   

People should take this class if… 

They’ve been writing poems on their own for a while and have always wanted to take a poetry writing class, or people haven’t written poetry but want to give it a try.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?

Absolutely. @emilywarn on Twitter or friend me on Facebook.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?

Yes: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/emily-warn and emilywarn.com

What’s your teaching philosophy?

Every time I teach at Hugo House, a small community forms in the classroom. That generative, positive, respectful, collaborative dynamic inspires people to write their best poems.  I think this happens because I am encouraging rather than only analytical. And I create a context for class within the gigantic the universe of literature and poetry.  Simply put, my classes, and writing assignments, will teach and inspire you by being focused on one aspect of poetry or one poet..

If you could have any famous actor read one of your pieces to you, who would it be and why?

Claire Danes. She’d turn my poem into an emotional depth-charge: agitated, humorous, on the brink…

What are you currently working on?

I am trying to keep the damn crows out of my poems.

What’s your favorite “rule” of writing to break in your own writing?

Telling and not Showing.

What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?

Incarnadine by May Szybist. Obviously, a silver chalice with red wine.