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To Fire and Surprise: Making New Poems with R.A. Villanueva

Feb 24, 2018 | 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

R.A. Villanueva

Natalie Diaz begins a recent craft talk, “Building the Emotional Image,” considering the interplay between images, story, and history in her poems, reflecting on how her images “mostly come from my home, the place where my brain was formed and where all the little electrical circuits in my brain learned to fire.” In this course, we’ll follow her lead, exploring the infinite possibilities of our own obsessions, interests, and memories. Each session will be devoted to generative writing, the creation of new work, and chances to discuss the surprising drafts that emerge. And to illuminate and complicate our thinking, we will read a dynamic array of contemporary poets (Aracelis Girmay, Patricia Smith, Vahni Capildeo, Anne Carson, Sarah Howe, sam sax, Layli Long Soldier, Fady Joudah, and more). Open to experiments, we will unsettle habits and find inspiration in the unconventional.

R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize (U. Nebraska Press, 2014). He is also a founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, and he has published his poetry widely in journals, including Poetry, Guernica, and The American Poetry Review. His honors include fellowships from Kundiman and the Asian American Literary Review.

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Admission $325 Location Stanley Kunitz Conference Room Sponsored By Poets House


Feb 24, 2018
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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