The non-traditional texts of writers Claudia Rankine and Maggie Nelson have garnered critical and commercial success that has brought new audiences to the world of contemporary poetry. But are these works poetry? What defines the ways in which we define genre, exhibit our observations, champion our individual lyric?
In this class, students will erase the battle line drawn between the poetry and prose. We will commandeer creative license in order to deconstruct the notion of form. Using the texts of contemporary poets Nelson, Rankine, and others, participantswill find the spaces in which hybridity can open their own work to conquer uncharted narratives. The class will include an in-depth study of contemporary form through the examination of class texts, independent writing, and inquiry-based workshops.
A workshop on the art of short mixed-genre work.
Conversations and practice on the art of genre bending.
In the years following the success of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, what work is answering the call toward more dynamic, vulnerable, and demanding literary activism? During this Delve seminar, we work creating the new 'American lyric': Thief of the Interior by Phillip B. Williams and Of Being Dispersed by Simone White.
Writing our Way Out of Trauma through Poetic Form:
Writing is the landscape through which poets explore the human body. The fluidity of a text often mirrors our relationship to memory—the recollection of the sensory discovering harmony with the fluidity of a poem’s language and syntax. But what happens when a disruption in our fundamental experience of being alters the ways in which we experience the world?
In spaces of distress, poetry often makes courageous leaps in formal reinvention. As opposed to dwelling heavily on the subject of physical disruption, this class will examine ways to champion artists who have discovered or reimagined poetic form to discuss human form with vulnerability and authenticity. Class time will be devoted to in-class writing, sharing work and discussing readings.
Curated/Hosted by Jenny Forrester
Come to the bookshop Saturday March 25 to celebrate the launch of Elyse Fenton's 2nd collection of poems, SWEET INSURGENT, available now from Saturnalia Books!
Reading with Elyse are fellow Saturnalia poets Jay Nebel (NEIGHBORS, 2015) and Shayla Lawson (I THINK I'M READY TO SEE FRANK OCEAN, 2018)
Come celebrate voices in the arts -
All donations support IRCO / CIVIC
$5 Suggested Donation
Beacon Sound 7 PM
Featuring Authors: /// Stephanie Adams Santos /// /// Sarah Bartlett ///
/// Endi Bogue Hartigan /// /// Coleman Stevenson /// /// Shayla Lawson ///
On November 8th this country voted a misogynist Cheeto with a hair-piece to be our president-elect. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that women come together and make our voices heard. When women join in solidarity and support one another, we create change. So please, come join us on Inauguration evening, the night before the Women’s March on Portland, as several of Portland’s finest women writers light up this dark, dark day and take a stand against Trump and the misogyny and oppression he represents. Of course, all forms of gender and genitalia are warmly welcome!
This event is free, but there will be a jar for donations. All donations will go to Planned Parenthood.
Hosts: Chrys Tobey & Allison Tobey
Alicia Jo Rabins
Tammy Lynne Stoner
Opossum Issue 1 + Journal Release Reading
Reading alongside Jay Ponteri and Demian DinéYazhi for Matt Hart's PNW book tour. Matt Hart will be reading from his two new books- Radiant Action (H_NGM_N Books) and Radiant Companion (Monster House Press).
Reading from I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean at The Culture Series.
Poetry from the collection Ti Ador(n)o performed by Brian McQueen, Donovan Edwards, & Mia O'Connor.