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Writing with Scientific Thought

Spend an afternoon using science to inform and inspire your writing. We’ll examine model writers like Arthur Sze, Bernadette Mayer, Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, and Andrea Barrett, exploring ways in which scientific thought can be used as a launching pad for creative writing and how scientific terms and concepts help generate new poetry and prose. We will draft new material from class prompts and will share and discuss strengths of that new work. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Instructor: Deborah Poe

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 02/27/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Deborah Poe

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections “Keep,” the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Deborah also co-edited Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism (Peter Lang) and is working on finding a home for her first full-length novel. Her work has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly, Court Green, Loose Change, Colorado Review, and Jacket2. Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, and The Volta. Associate professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, Deborah directs the creative writing program and founded and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit. She has also taught at Western Washington University, Binghamton University, SUNY, the Port Townsend Writer’s Workshop in Washington, and Casa Libre en La Solana in Tucson and serves as Distinguished Visiting Writer for Seattle University during Winter Term 2016.

Teaching philosophy: At the heart of my teaching is the importance of questioning binary ways of thinking. To dig beyond like/dislike, good/bad, love/hate type dichotomies allows us to broaden ways of seeing—bridging not only diverse literary traditions but also ideas and cultural perspectives. I work to create a classroom environment that honors creative inquiry with intellectual commitment. I strive to create a space where students feel comfortable to take risks and to engage their imaginations as fully as possible through practice. My goal is to offer my students a challenge, which presses them to complicate their ideas without turning them off to the new and different. I aim to create an environment within which together we are always learning.

Writers you return to: I tried to answer this impossible question recently during a conversation with Rob Mclennan. See the last question.

Favorite writing advice: “What’s the difference between aspiration and ambition? One lets you breathe.—”From my poetry collection Our Parenthetical Ontology.

Past Student Feedback:
“She was so accessible and non-judgmental, and I could write about anything I wanted without worrying.”

“I can safely say that I have taken a lot of classes at Pace but this is one I think I am going to remember, probably because it was one I really enjoyed. As much as I did the assignments for you...I did them for me too! I would not be surprised if I emailed you in the near or far future asking for some advice or guidance. I took a great deal away from the class and had a wonderful time. Thanks so much.”

“There were little to no elements of the course that weren't valuable.”

“She is a skilled writer with knowledge of many great techniques, which helped me become a better writer. For instance, when I have writer’s block, I know of different exercises I can do to generate my thoughts.”


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