Poetry nourishes, delights, and comforts us in times of need. It’s “the one place where people can speak their original human mind,” according to Allen Ginsberg. In that spirit, come speak your mind by joining this rigorous class for experienced poets who have already published their work, newcomers dabbling in the genre, and everyone in between. During our six weeks together we’ll explore some of the vital genres of lyric poetry, including the sonnet, ode, and pastoral traditions from past to present. Workshop discussions and challenging, playful writing assignments will enhance your own unique method of crafting poems. Our collective objective is to offer you strategies and techniques that will create more lyric energy and magic in your work.
Music of the Mind: Poetry Workshop
Dates: 6 Wednesdays, 9/28-11/2
Time: 7-9 pm
Instructor: David Roderick
David Roderick’s first book of poems, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2006. The Pitt Poetry Series published his second collection, The Americans, in 2014. David’s writing has been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, the James Boatwright III Prize from Shenandoah, the Julie Suk Award, and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. He has taught creative writing and literature classes at Stanford, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and most recently at the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was an Associate Professor in Creative Writing.
David now works as Director of Communications for the Bay Area Book Festival and co-directs Left Margin LIT.
More about David: www.davidroderick.net