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The Real Poets of the Bay Area: Poetry Class

Dates: 8 Thursdays, Sept. 13 - Nov. 8, (no class Sept. 20) 
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm 
Instructor: David Roderick 
Ages: Adult 
Genre: Poetry
Price: $325

A good poetry book should immerse, entertain, and bring pleasure to the reader. It should reward her as well. In this class (with a reality TV name), we'll immerse ourselves in four contemporary volumes of poetry. We'll discuss why some poems resonate more than others, and we'll approach each volume as a form of art with a distinct structure and style. This is the perfect class for poets working on a poetry chapbook or full manuscript.

But that's not all! After studying and enjoying each book together, we'll host its author over wine and cheese. The poet will read a few passages from his/her book and discuss individual poems, the shape of the book, and the writing life in general.  

The reading list for this class includes (so far):

9/27    Rick Barot's Chord

10/11  Brittany Perham's Double Portrait

10/25  Chiyuma Elliot's Vigil

11/8    Bruce Snider's Paradise, Indiana

Music of the Mind

David Roderick writes the poetry column State Lines for the San Francisco Chronicle. His 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, 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 at 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.


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