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Under the Influence of Elizabeth Bishop

“I don’t like teaching,” was how Elizabeth Bishop began her legendary workshops at the University of Washington, “but we’ll practice a most useful poetic strategy—writing in form.” In this workshop modeled on her example, we’ll read poems by Bishop, Weldon Kees, Maxine Kumin, Marilyn Hacker, and younger neo-Formalists; explore how form helps poets achieve surprising leaps in their language; try received forms like pantoum, sestina, sonnet, triolet, and villanelle and nonce forms like anaphora and abecedarian; and complete a group of poems in form.

Instructor: Carolyne Wright

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 01/23/2016

No Class On: February 13

End Date: 03/05/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review's Book of the Year Awards. Her nine earlier volumes of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP/Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award; and A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press), finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and the Idaho Prize. A Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford, among others, Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende; and spent four years on Fulbright and other fellowships in India and Bangladesh, translating Bengali women poets. She has five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, and an Advisory Board member for Raven Chronicles, Wright has received grants and fellowships from the NEA, 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and she will spend two months in Bahia, Brazil, on a writing residency at the Instituto Sacatar.

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