PLAY: Poetry Workshop


With the spirit of play in mind, we will read and workshop our own poems, as well as read and discuss the work of published poets for inspiration and direction. We will utilize writing exercises/writing games to help us generate work. We will look at the work of artists and writers who have invoked play. Artists and writers we will discuss may include Mike Kelley, Albert Oehlen, Martin Kippenberger, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, and Mary Ruefle. In workshop, we will learn how to use craft to make our poems come to life and practice finding a balance between the serious study of writing while infusing each class with a sense of fun. We will travel to New York City for at least one outing, and at least one artist or writer will visit the class to discuss her or his artistic process.