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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.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her poems and essays can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, and Ecotone. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, and others. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.