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Gaining Good Ground

All Levels | What is the role of place in poetry? How do poems invite us to attend? In this class, we’ll explore how poems help connect us to the places we live and call home, allowing us to more deeply root in our own lives. We’ll explore home dialects and locavore weathers, name flora and fauna, and examine unexpected micro-histories that help us connect to (and even repair) the world around us. Through generative exercises, we’ll draft our own place poems, and workshop them in a second session.

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: Tess Taylor

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2021

Start Date: 02/06/2021

End Date: 02/13/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 15

Maximum Class Size: 20

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Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor is a poet and the poetry critic for NPR’s All Things Considered and a columnist for CNN. Her most recent book is Rift Zone (Red Hen Press, 2020), which the Los Angeles Times called “brilliant.” In his
introduction to the collection, Ilya Kaminsky describes Taylor’s voice as “invaluable” and she is a “poet for our moment.” Her other books include Work & Days (Red
Hen Press, 2016), named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by The New York Times; The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013), a finalist
for the Believer Poetry Award which The San Francisco Chronicle called “stunning,” and the chapbook The
Misremembered World, which was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry
Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. In February 2020, Last West, an exciting book length commission from the Museum of
Modern Art, was published in conjunction with the MOMA show, Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures. ” Her work explores California and the
American West, her life as a critic, and the intersection of poetry and journalism.

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