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Your Turn: The Volta and Ending Poems

Intermediate | The volta, or the “turning point” of a poem, is a central moment of surprise—moving the reader in a new direction to end a poem. How does a volta operate in contemporary verse? What kinds of voltas are possible in a poem? Leading toward a conversation about how to end our poems, we will draw upon voltas from poets like Eduardo C. Corral, Natalie Diaz, and Monica Sok. Participants should bring in at least two poems written prior to our session.

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Instructor: Jane Wong

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 06/01/2019

End Date: 06/02/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jane Wong

Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her poems and essays can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, and Ecotone. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, and others. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

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