Craft of Poetry Writing Exercise: “Exercising It Out”

Students’ Materials Writing journal, with plenty of paper and/or your laptop A previous draft of one of your poems Room Setup Six “stations” will be set up at even intervals around the room, each with its own set of instructions. They will be identified by the following names: Anaphora Heavy Enjambment Sentence Fragment Lack of […]

Spring 2017 ENG 2030 Craft of Poetry Required Texts

The following information is taken directly from my Spring 2017 ENG 2030 Craft of Poetry Syllabus. ENG 2030 Craft of Poetry Required Texts and Materials Girmay, Aracelis. Black Maria. BOA Editions, 2016. ISBN: 978-1942683025. Johnson, Jenny. In Full Velvet. Sarabande Books, 2017. ISBN: 978-1941411377. Levin, Dana. Banana Palace. Copper Canyon Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1556595059. Rankine, […]

Craft of Prose Writing Exercise: “The Immaculate Conception of Nohbdy”

In this exercise inspired by Percival Everett’s novel I Am Not Sidney Poitier, and nuanced by Odysseus’s encounter with Polyphemus, my Craft of Prose students created a character with a name that causes confusion, a name that is either a negation or a pun, and then crafted a creation myth about their conception and birth […]

Presentation & Handouts for Lecture: “It’s Alive: Why Poetry Still Matters”

On Wednesday, November 16, I gave the lecture “It’s Alive: Why Poetry Still Matters” at Rutherford Hall in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Here are the materials for that talk: Slide Presentation: “It’s Alive: Why Poetry Still Matters” Handout for Audience Discussion This talk also transformed into my November 2016 blog post for Ploughshares, “Truth & Dread: […]

“Grown-Together Discussion” Reading Exercise for Craft of Prose

To prepare my Craft of Prose class for Megan Mayhew Bergman’s visit to Centenary University on Wednesday, November 9th at 6 pm and for their group presentations at the end of the semester, my students broke up into groups to present upon the first five stories in Bergman’s Almost Famous Women in “Grown-Together Discussion.”

“Spin” Reading and Writing Exercise for ENG 2031

For “Spin,” students will be negotiating subtext, rumor, dramatic irony, subjectivity, objectivity, and context in our readings and their own work. Students will discuss the elements of reportage and rumor in their icebreaker text, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and then discern the difference between Rowling’s subtext and the subtext, however erroneous, read […]

New relevant reading for my Literary Editing & Publishing class

On The Atlantic, Lindsay Lynch writes about typesetting letterpress and the en space in “How I Came to Love the En Space”: To understand letterpress printing, imagine that every letter you see on your screen is an object, a tiny piece of metal. Not only is every letter an object, but every space between every […]

“In Medias Res” Writing Exercise for Craft of Prose

In “In Medias Res,” students write and re-write a scene in the three different points of view from a YouTube video of a man texting and running into a wild bear. They likewise create a character profile for their point of view character to navigate Anne Lamott’s suggestion of an “emotional acre.” In doing so, […]