Next Start Date: March 7, 2019
Tutor: Katherine McCord
Duration: 5 weeks - online writing class
We will explore Found Poetry. No matter what genre you normally pursue, Found Poetry can give you new insights into your preferred genre, or it can become a focus in your life. In Found Poetry you take pieces of prose and poetry from other works and make them new.
While we study Found Poetry, we’ll study elements of craft, one each week, that’ll link directly and indirectly to the “kind” of Found Poetry we are studying/creating that same week. The elements of craft we’ll delve into are Concreteness, Tone, Lineation, and Dramatic Shape. The categories of Found Poetry we’ll explore are Erasure, Blackout, Cut-up, Cento, and Free Form. I will provide links to examples of each. Also, throughout the weeks, we’ll discuss, comment, offer encouragement (or ask for encouragement), etc., about the process of creating Found Poems and the craft elements we are studying. When your found poem is due, we’ll all respond. According to your piece, you may, wonderfully, have to send us a picture if it has a visual element. Since we are writers first, this will be an exploration. I’ll be creating right along with you. You will spend your time creating Found Poems, responding to your classmates’ Found Poems, reading my lectures, discussing all elements of the class, and following the links to Found Poem examples. Materials can be anything—antique books (that are usually just a few dollars) to magazines to street signs to contemporary books, etc.
I have two books of poetry--Island and Living Room (prose poems)--a lyric essay memoir, My CIA; a poetry chapbook, Muse Annie; and a literary memoir, Run Scream Unbury Save, that is just out. My CIA was named a top ten book of 2012 by the Review of Art, Literature, Philosophy and Humanities and added to their ongoing list of Great Nonfiction reads. It won a Baker Artist Award; was showcased on Maryland Public Television’s, An Artworks Special; and was featured through an art installation co-produced by Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Curatorial Practice in early December 2013 in Baltimore. I have published widely in literary journals and magazines, such as American Poetry Review. I have an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Poetry Writing. In 2011 and 2014, I won Maryland Individual Artist Awards (state grants in creative writing in poetry). I have been awarded finalist/semi-finalist status in the Emerging Writer Fellowship Competition, The Writer's Center, Maryland; the Joaquin Miller Cabin Reading Series, Washington, DC; the Autumn House Press Open Competition in Poetry; The "Discovery"/The Nation Poetry Contest; the Poet Lore Narrative Poetry Competition; The Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition; The Maryland Poetry Review Poetry Contest; and the fellowship competition, Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania and Kenya, 2013. Finally, recently I won the Gabehart Prize in (Creative) Nonfiction for an excerpt from my manuscript, Run Scream Unbury Save; was named one of three finalists for the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award; was awarded a Hoffer Legacy (Creative) Nonfiction Award for My CIA; was named a finalist for my manuscript of prose poetry, Muse Annie, for C&R’s Summer Chapbook Contest; was named a finalist for Muse Annie for NDR’s Poetry Chapbook Competition; was named a finalist for the Faulkner Wisdom Competition for an excerpt from my book-length lyric essay in progress; was named a finalist for an excerpt from RSUS for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize; (incredibly good news) won the Autumn House Press Open Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, judged by Michael Martone, for my literary memoir manuscript, Run Scream Unbury Save, which means they’ve published it as of February 7, 2017; was published very recently on Essay Daily for a piece I did on “menus” for my book and others; and, finally, Muse Annie, a chapbook of poems, is now out from Kattywompus Press.