“All this is reportage,” wrote George Oppen. In this master class, we’ll consider how some contemporary poets have used the “all this” of poetry to respond to the news–and to the experience of experiencing the news. How can poetry offer a way of thinking that reflects, counters, and complicates news cycles? What are the ethics of representing “news from elsewhere?” How can poetry both augment and critique other media? The session will include close discussion of poems, in-class writing, and reflection about contemporary journalism’s relationship to activism and the arts. We’ll discuss works by poets including Ghayath Almadhoun, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Hayan Charara, Claudia Rankine, and Juliana Spahr.
$35 per person, pre-registration required. Pay and reserve your spot here.
About the Instructors:
Hilary Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016), winner of the 2018 GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction; and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). She teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program, and serves as associate director of the CSU Poetry Center. Recent fiction, essays, poetry, and criticism have appeared in Bookforum, Full Stop, Consequence, Poetry Northwest, the Mississippi Review, the Seneca Review, Big Big Wednesday, and elsewhere.
Zach Savich is the author of six books of poetry, including Daybed (Black Ocean, 2018), and two books of prose, including the memoir Diving Makes the Water Deep (Rescue, 2016). His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Omnidawn’s Chapbook Award, among other honors, and has appeared in journals including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, the Kenyon Review, and A Public Space. He is a professor of poetry in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts. He has recently taught with the NEOMFA program and the University of Iowa.