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This studio/workshop will be a generative writing experiment to coax us all into writing unpredictable, engaging poems that other people enjoy reading. We’ll look at funny, quirky verse and practice some activities that will provoke new turns of syntax from our imaginings.
Frances McCue is a senior lecturer in the English department at the University of Washington and a public scholar and arts instigator. She is a poet and prose writer who has has spent her career connecting academic inquiries with community life. From 1996–2006, she was the founding director of Hugo House in Seattle. She has published five books, including a book of essays about poet Richard Hugo and another about the photographer Mary Randlett. Her new book of poems, Timber Curtain, is an exploration of lost places in our fast-developing city and arose from work on Where the House Was, a documentary film that began in collaboration with her UW undergraduates. She was the 2013 Teacher of Distinction in the Undergraduate Honors Program and in 2018, she won the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.