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All Levels | With a constant focus on balance—the light and the dark, the real and the artful, the lyric and the narrative—we’ll explore how to make poems go deeper, get messier, get sharper, and feel more real and complete. We’ll read numerous contemporary poems that will help inspire and guide us in our own work. With rigorous in-class writing exercises and deep readings, we’ll try to break open something new while breathing life into older work. You’ll need a notebook or laptop, a willingness to experiment, and an open mind.
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer in Lexington, Kentucky.