Full course description
This 2-week online course is part of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Online Camp, Session 2, July 11-24, 2021. There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into Session 2 of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Online Camp you are not eligible to enroll.
The poet Mark Strand wrote, “There is no happiness like mine./ I have been eating poetry.” Mark Strand may have been speaking figuratively, but I am not. I have been eating poetry—literally—and I hope you will join me.
In this generative workshop, we will explore the intersection between our poems and the actions we undertake to create them. We will be cooking our poems into pies, installing our poems secretly in our living spaces or neighborhoods, and sneaking our poems into product reviews on the internet. We will be burying our poems in the dirt to see what grows there, and then writing poems about the process. We will be transcribing the things we see out our windows, beneath our sofas, underneath our tables. We will be making our poems into comics. We will be reading our poems to our house plants, lamps, or pets (and, of course, to one another). In doing so, we will disrupt the notion that poem-making is an act that must happen quietly in a library with a quill-pen. Poetry lives in our bodies, in our kitchens, in the tiny, absurd, grotesque, and extraordinary things we witness each day. In an essay, the poet Matthea Harvey quotes a third grader who said, “Poetry is an egg with a horse inside.” In this workshop, we are going to break the egg and liberate the horse.
You are what you eat. If we’re talking about food, that means I am currently a bowl of strawberries. If we’re talking about writing, that means that what we read impacts what we write. In this course, we will be “eating” the work of poets who break rules and push the boundaries of what poems can do: C.A. Conrad, Gertrude Stein, Renee Gladman, Heather Christle, Lynda Barry, Tyehimba Jess, Edward Gorey, Lucille Clifton, and Bernadette Mayer, to name a few. We will examine how these writers approach craft, and try our hands at some of their methods.
Each day, students will undertake creative experiments in writing, reading, and witnessing. We will regularly share our work with one another and give each other kind, constructive feedback. Each writer will leave the course with a portfolio of new poems and, more importantly, a community of other poets to share them with.
Nora Claire Miller is a poet from New York City. The author of the chapbook LULL (Ghost Proposal, 2020), Nora holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BA from Hampshire College. Nora’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Hobart, The Brooklyn Review, Gigantic Sequins, and elsewhere. Recently, Nora has been working on a series of deep-fried poems, one of which won a Bat City Review Editor’s Prize. A long time ago, Nora attended the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio.
REGISTRATION & FEES
The fee for this course is $575. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.
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Cancellation Policy: A $100 cancellation fee will be applied to refunds for cancellations received by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Thereafter, no refunds will be available.
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