Staggering Assignments

In my poetry class, I decided to stagger revision assignments throughout the semester instead of assigning a final portfolio, because I wanted: to avoid end-of-the-semester-grading fatigue, in order to ensure that I was always fresh and never rushed in grading; to alleviate students’ end-of-the-semester stress, so that they would be able to concentrate on revising individual […]

“No River, No Bridge: Writing Poetry, Writing Nonfiction” Handout and Exercise

I taught a class titled “No River, No Bridge: Writing Poetry, Writing Nonfiction” at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School’s Writers’ Fest yesterday. We discussed hybridity of poetry and nonfiction, as well as the ways in which poetry can take on and explore “truth” using essayistic strategies without the requirement of “fact.” Several students came up afterward to show me […]