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Intermediate | In this class we’ll explore more ways to get poetry revving on the page and experiment with a variety of “machine[s] made of words” (W.C. Williams) to expand our ideas of what a poem can be (including prose poems, calligrams, some traditional forms, and associative verse). With a focus on in-class writing prompts and reading, by the end you’ll have a portfolio of new work and more fuel for keeping your writing going.
Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com