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The Sequence

with Judith Skillman

Genres: Poetry

In Person

Open to all levels

8 Sessions

Start Date: April 20, 2023
End Date: June 8, 2023
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10 pm - 9:10 pm PT
Capacity: 0 seat
Member Price: $355.50
General Price: $395.00

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This class has been postponed to the fall quarter (September 25-December 15). Please check back for our fall catalog in July. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We rarely write one piece without finding more images worthy of investigation. In this class, students will explore their obsessions in order to write a sequence of poems centered on a person, myth, place, or another subject. Using Keats' concept of negative capability, we will "entertain uncertainty." The sequence of poems created can be developed into a chapbook or book-length collection. Examples of sequences discussed will include Berryman, Lorca, Ginsberg, and Seaborn. Bring a poem to the first class.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

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Judith Skillman

Judith Skillman


Judith Skillman’s Oscar the Misanthropist, won the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2021. Her work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Threepenny Review, Zyzzyva, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of awards from Academy of American Poets and Artist Trust, and lead editor of When Home Is Not Safe, Writings on Domestic Verbal, Emotional, and Physical Abuse, McFarland. Skillman’s new book is Subterranean Address, New & Selected Poems 2014-2022, Deerbrook Editions. Visit for more information.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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