On These Difficult Times For Poems and Other Living Creatures

Sunday, Apr 21, 9:00am
Healing Arts Conference Room, Healing Center

Poets Julia Johnson, Ben Kopel, Emily Pettit, Michelle Taransky, and Jordan Stempleman will discuss possibilities for creating points of entry for students and teachers to engage with various forms of difficulty, discomfort and estrangement. From Kenneth Koch’s imaginative writing prompts inviting possibility, to Ross Gay and Emily Skillings’s odes to idiosyncrasies, to image envelopes as a way to collage with words, to Dodie Bellamy’s reworking of Burroughs’ cut-ups through cunt-ups, we will point to past practices to describe our pedagogical commitment to teaching poetry to a wide range of audiences.