The Poetics of Lived Experience: A Writing Workshop

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 8:00pm

*General registration at this link is closed.

Class Meetings: Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm, from June 12 to June 21, in the Poetry Center Alumni Room 205.

Delving into the lived experiences of participants, this course will introduce ethnographic research methods for composing autobiographical poetic works. Fieldwork into family histories, archives, photographs, as well as historical contexts of locations, borderlands, geographies, heritages, and languages will become subject for exploration in process-oriented lyrical projects. Participants will also be encouraged to explore multimodal possibilities for conducting, archiving, and publishing generated works. The express focus of the course, however, will be in the production and critique of new student writing drawing from the wealth of participants’ lived experiences. Poets explored in the class include Daniel Borzutzky, Eduardo Corral, Natalie Diaz, Aracelis Girmay, Claudia Rankine, and Monica Youn.