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Jack Spicer writes: “Break / Your poem / Like you would cut a grapefruit.” We will consider the line break in all its glory. When should we break a line? How does a line hold tension? How does a space break differ from a line break? We will explore a multitude of line-break styles to re-energize our writing, using poems from Jack Spicer, Brenda Shaughnessy, Susan Howe, Richard Hugo, Hannah Sanghee Park, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and others. Along with readings, the class will include generative writing prompts, experiments, and mini-workshops.
Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, jubilat and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University. In 2017, she received the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award for Washington artists.