“On Poetry’s Relevancy” and a Reading Poetry Exercise

Class: Writing Poetry (Virginia Commonwealth University) Genre: Poetry Purpose: To encourage students to be generous, curious, and discerning readers of poetry and to consider poetry’s impact on culture. Readings: Poetry‘s July/August 2014 issue that includes poems by Dean Young, Philip Fried, D.A. Powell, Traci Brimhall, Devin Johnston, Rosanna Warren, Amanda Calderon, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Rickey […]

“Why Is Poetry Relevant?” Flash Essay Assignment

Class: Writing Poetry (Virginia Commonwealth University) Genre: Poetry Purpose: To encourage students to look for the relevancy of their studies to culture; to consider the effects that poetry has on readers; and to explore their own motivations for seeking out poetry instruction. Readings: Poetry‘s July/August 2014 issue that includes poems by Dean Young, Philip Fried, […]

On Writing Poems, Workshop, and Reading Like a Writer

ON WRITING POEMS, WORKSHOP, AND READING LIKE A WRITER Class: Writing Poetry (Virginia Commonwealth University) Genre: Poetry Purpose: To introduce my students to the expectations of the course while providing them with some insight into the process of reading, writing, and workshopping poems. On Writing Poems In this course, I will not assign topics or […]

Readings Lists and Course Descriptions for Fall 2014 Semester

With the fall semester starting at Virginia Commonwealth University this week, I have started to think about some new writing and reading exercises for my students. As these exercises will relate with our course goals and readings, I thought I would share my course descriptions and reading lists for my two classes, English 215: Textual […]