“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 […]

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 […]

“Fame Makes a Man Take Things Over” Exercise

Class: Writing Out of the Ordinary Genre: Creative nonfiction Readings: A packet of persona poems and dramatic monologues Time: 10 minutes 1. Pick a celebrity, sports star, cartoon or comic book character, product mascot (ex. Count Chocula, the Geico gecko, etc.) or newsworthy individual (Octomom, Charles Manson, etc.). 2. Create a mundane problem for that […]