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Course Catalog

Foundations of Poetry

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The title of this class has been updated from the print catalog.

All Levels | How do we make a poem more powerful without sacrificing its heart? By taking control of our choices! Each week we’ll dismantle a poem’s engine to find the intention in line breaks, word choice, stanza shape, “the speaker,” and more. We’ll study foundations of craft, reading masters like Greg Orr, Natasha Tretheway, Ross Gay, and Dorianne Laux. A supportive community and weekly writing and revision prompts will teach you all the rules, so you’ll know how to break them.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Sara Brickman

Class Type: 10 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 09/15/2020

End Date: 11/17/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

$432.00 Member Price:
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$480.00 General Price:

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Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman is a queer Jewish author, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and scholarships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, The Yiddish Book Center, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, and more. She is a BOAAT Writers Fellow and the recipient of the Ken Warfel Fellowship for Poetry in Community. Sara’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Adriot, BOAAT, The Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, and the anthologies The Dead Animal Handbook and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea. Sara received her MFA from the University of Virginia, where she taught poetry and rhetoric, and currently teaches with Writers-in-the-Schools and other community arts organizations. She lives in Seattle with her partner and her cat Latke.

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