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Together we’ll tackle Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby-Dick; Or The Whale — both as readers and as writers — for the pleasure of its wildness, masterful use of language, stunning imagery, and stylistic breadth. Whether you have read it before, always meant to, or consistently fell asleep at the infamous list of whales, our camaraderie and unique in-class writing prompts (slanted towards poetry but open to prose) will help you experience the book anew and generate your own portfolio of new work.
Skip Date: May 13
Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com