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Condensed into just a few lines, what can a poem offer us? Can distillation build meaning? We will explore the “little” poem; through writing and discussion, we will discover the power of concision and clarity in poetry. We will consider sparse but impactful poems by Tomas Tranströmer, Emily Dickinson, Julie Doxsee, Lorine Niedecker, Graham Foust, Jean Valentine, and others. Along with readings, the class will include generative writing prompts and mini-workshops.
Please note this class will meet from 1-3 pm on Feb. 28 and from 12-4 pm on Mar. 7 due to an instructor conflict.
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.