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[Class] Reading as a Generative Practice with Molly Spencer

October 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join poet Molly Spencer for a class on Reading as a Generative Practice on October 13th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This class is $45 and pre-registration is required. Sign up for your spot here!


“There is no Frigate like a Book / To take us Lands away,” writes Emily Dickinson.

“Love reading first,” says Rita Dove, “& the poetry will find its place. Then write, & love the work of writing.” 


What if the simple act of reading a poem could open doors into your own new work? What if another poet’s words could beckon your own words to the page? Join poet Molly Spencer for this workshop that explores the importance of reading for your writing practice, and the ways close reading of a poem can be a generative act. We’ll read poems by contemporary poets, discuss specific methods for finding entry points to our own poems through the work of others, and use one (or more) of the strategies to write something new. Please bring a poem or two (or a book or two of poems) that you feel your poems are in kinship with, or that make you feel inspired to write.


About the instructor: Molly Spencer’s recent poetry has appeared in Blackbird, FIELDNew England Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her critical writing has appeared or is forthcoming at Colorado ReviewThe Georgia Review, Kenyon Review online, and The Rumpus. Her debut poetry collection, If the House, won the 2019 Brittingham Prize judged by Carl Phillips. A second collection, Relic and the Plum, won the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition judged by Allison Joseph, and is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in fall 2020. She is a poetry editor at The Rumpus and teaches at the University of Michigan.


October 13, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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