Text & Context: A Poetry Workshop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Last night I taught Text & Context, a poetry workshop sponsored by the Philadelphia Poetry Collaboration, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s Final Fridays: Rebel, Rebel night. I prepared a handout with four poetry exercises inspired by pieces in the modern art wing of the museum for registered and drop-in participants. We had a total […]

Erasure and Revision Writing Exercise: “Love Poem Lost”

Last week I had my 24PearlStreet Erasure and Revision students burn, soak, and rip up handwritten copies of a new love poem. I called these “environmental erasures,” inspired— or, rather, after—Sappho’s surviving verses on papyrus fragments. Here are the directions: “Love Poem Lost” 1. Draft a poem addressed to a (real or imagined) lost love. […]

Teen Arts Workshop Writing Exercises: “Beyond Rhyme: Poetry’s Music” and “Speech Bubbles: Poetry 10 Ways”

The Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission asked me to teach as a part of their Teen Arts day. Although post-blizzard school delays prevented us from taking full advantage of my two planned workshops, the exercises and lesson plans I prepared for the day are collected here for other educators’ use. 9:30–11:00 AM: Beyond Rhyme: […]

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 […]

“Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure & Revision” 24PearlStreet Course Syllabus & Calendar

My eight-week, online course for the Fine Arts Work Center’s 24PearlStreet, “Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure & Revision” starts tomorrow, Monday, March 8th. Course Description What isn’t said in a poem is just as meaningful—just as much a craft choice—as what is said. As poets, we so often go to the page with the […]

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, […]

Creative Writing Curriculum Proposal Accepted!

My proposal for a new Creative Writing curriculum here at Centenary University went for a full faculty vote today and was accepted. The proposal was fourteen pages, so I’ll only share the new courses, their descriptions and their goals below. NEW COURSES WRI 2005: Intro to Creative Writing WRI 2040: Writing Poetry WRI 2041: Writing […]