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VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom).
A poem begins with the writer and ends with the reader, but it must travel beyond the life of the poet to give the reader a meaningful experience. Using exemplary poems, we?ll explore thirteen strategies to transform the events of our lives into poetry. We’ll consider craft elements that help us to open up our personal narratives and connect them to the larger human experience. As we work this way, not only will we be transformed, but we will make it possible for the reader to be transformed. We’ll use these practices to generate new poems and to revise a poem we’ve already written.
Ellen Bass‘s poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her nonfiction books include The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988, 2008) and Free Your Mind: The Book for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins, 1996). Her work has frequently been published in the New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and the New York Times Magazine, as well as many other journals. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lambda Literary Award, Elliston Book Award, Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com