The Poetic Series: A Seminar

with Melinda Ruth

Genres: Poetry


Intermediate, Advanced

1 Session

Start Date: February 18, 2023
End Date: February 18, 2023
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
Capacity: 0 seat
Member Price: $81.00
General Price: $90.00

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Due to an emergency, The Poetic Series: A Seminar has been cancelled for this quarter.

Students will explore what makes linked poems into a series by analyzing the formal, modal, and thematic techniques (among others) that turn loosely linked poems into a connected series. Students will engage in a craft discussion and analyze a series of contemporary poems. Students will apply what they learn to their own poetry series, by undertaking revision exercises and participating in peer feedback in the form of breakout groups. This course requires students to bring a collection of poems that are already in progress.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

Melinda Ruth

Melinda Ruth


Mel Ruth is a poet, a professor, a mentor, and a student. Mel is currently a PhD candidate at Georgia State University where they major in Creative Writing with a Concentration in Poetry. Mel obtained their MFA from University of Central Arkansas, and their BFA from Salisbury University. Mel has numerous years of teaching experience, in including, but not limited to, First Year Writing, Dual College Enrollment Composition, Introduction to Creative Writing, Forms & Theory of Poetry, and American Literature. Mel’s chapbook, “A Name Among Bone,” was selected as the winner of the 2021 Cow Creek Chapbook prize, and is forthcoming from Emerald City Press in early 2022. Their chapbook was also listed as a semi-finalist in the Spring 2020 Black River Chapbook Contest through Black Lawrence Press. Mel was the 2018-2019 Oxford American Magazine Editorial Assistant Fellow, and their work has been selected as a finalist for the Slice Literary’s Bridging the Gap Award. Mel has poems featured in, in forthcoming from, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Emerson Review, Red Earth Review, Sierra Nevada Review and more. Their reviews have been featured in Pleiades, New Pages, Entropy, and The Rumpus. On top of being a poet, Mel is also seeking representation for their LGBTQ+ Young Adult Novel, “Good Intentions.” For more information go to or follow Mel on Twitter @_Mel_Ruth_.

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