This class will focus on reading and writing the chapbook-length long poem, and the unique challenge posed by structuring a longer poem will be a focal point throughout our close readings and workshops. For the first four weeks participants will look at select sequences and series, narratives and meditations, documentary poems and procedural works. Through close reading, discussion, writing assignments and exercises they will then explore together some of the formal and thematic possibilities that arise when poets move into the amplitude only the longer poem offers.
Lynn Emanuel is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books of poetry include Noose and Hook (2010), Then, Suddenly— (1999), and The Dig (1992), which was a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her awards include two Pushcart Prizes and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Heather McHugh is a poet, translator, and Milliman Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. Her volumes of poetry include Upgraded to Serious, Eyeshot, and Hinge & Sign: Poems 1968-1993. Her translations of Euripides appear in Cyclops. Her awards include a MacArthur Foundation genius award, numerous Pushcart Prizes, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.
An evening of recitation, music and film celebrating the early immigrant writers and their contemporary descendants. Poets featured include Kahlil Gibran, Elia Abu Madi, Ameen Rihani and Mikhail Naimy of the Pen League, the group of Arab New Yorkers writing in the first half of the last century, as well as poems by Arab Americans of today. A reception will follow the program.
Readings by Latasha N Nevada Diggs (Belladonna), Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), Dean Kostos (Spuyten Duyvil) and Amy Lawless (Octopus Books) (Previously announced reader Dorothea Lasky is unable to attend).
Join us for the opening of the 21st annual Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. There is no better way to get an overview of the art.
This diverse and inclusive exhibition will be on view through August 3.