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All Levels | Should all poems be read aloud? Yes, indeed. Creating that credible voice — a poem that comes alive on the page as well from the mouth — is the goal of this workshop. Using innovated prompts, participants in this class will generate a set of first drafts. We will close-read works from selected poets and writers to create poems that reflect the music, the language and rhythms, and the concerns, of a contemporary American life. Writing in the now, we will shape creative pieces with authority that will ring true on the page and in the ear.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being The Bushman's Medicine Show, from Lost Horse Press (2017), and a chapbook, The Hog Killing, from Blue Horse Press (2018). He is originally from North Carolina and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Washington DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. He is published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2014, Willow Springs, The Swamp, Waxwing, the Taos International Journal of Poetry, and the African American Review. He is a Cave Canem Fellow.