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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 Winter quarter 2021.

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 (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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