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Writing Hybrid Forms

The nontraditional texts of writers Claudia Rankine and Maggie Nelson brought new readers to poetry. But are these works poetry? How do we define genre, showcase our critical observations, champion our individual lyric? In this class, we will blur the lines between genres, commandeering creative license in order to deconstruct form—examining the texts of Nelson, Rankine, and contemporary writers from the Pacific Northwest—through a mixture of critical reading and independent writing.

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.

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Instructor: Shayla Lawson

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 04/20/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Shayla Lawson

Shayla Lawson is the author of three hybrid poetry collections—A Speed Education in Human Being, PANTONE, I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean—and a forthcoming collection of essays from Harper Perennial. Her work has appeared in Guernica, ESPN, Tin House, and Salon. She is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo Artist Colony, and serves as Director of Creative Writing at Amherst College.

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