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All Levels | No poem is complete without a moment of surprise or transformation. But how do you write without knowing what you’re writing? In this class, you’ll practice building doorways, tunnels, and hinges. We’ll use meditative techniques and experiments to help you uncover the hidden possibilities in each stanza, and generate material using strategies like The Leap, The Volta, The Trap Door, The Bulldozer, and Breaking the Fourth Wall. You’ll leave with renewed trust in yourself, and a deeper understanding of how to build moments that make a poem extraordinary. Bring one or two poems-in-progress that feel flat, confusing, or just too simple.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
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.