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Writing as Curation

We’ll discuss how describing and dramatizing encounters with works of visual art—real or imagined—can open up new possibilities for poetry and prose. In addition to considering student work, we’ll look at examples of ekphrastic writing from The Iliad to the fiction of Javier Marías.

Instructor: Ben Lerner

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 08/09/2018

End Date: 08/10/2018

Days of the Week: Friday, Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 8

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Ben Lerner

Lerner is the author of the poetry collections Mean Free Path (2010) and Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. His sonnet sequence, The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), won the Hayden Carruth Award, was chosen by Library Journal as one of the year’s twelve best poetry books, and was a Lannan Literary Selection.

His poetry has also been included in the anthologies Best American Poetry, New Voices (2008), and 12×12: Conversations in Poetry and Poetics (2009). His novels include Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) and 10:04 (2014). The Hatred of Poetry, his monograph, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Lerner has served as a Fulbright scholar in Madrid and as a Guggenheim fellow. In 2015 he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur fellowship. In 2002, Lerner cofounded, with Deb Klowden, No: a journal of the arts, and he has also served as the poetry editor for Critical Quarterly.

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, he earned a BA in political science and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and California College of the Arts, and he currently teaches at Brooklyn College.

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