Early registration discount for spring classes at Chicago School of Poetics

Classes start April 6th and we have 6-week online courses designed to give you the opportunity to work with our faculty in a shortened format that costs less and requires less of a time commitment. Check out new courses like Sentenced to Gender, and returning courses like Pulse Poem Pulse, and Poetics Levels 1 and 2.


New Course: Sentenced to Gender

This workshop will focus on innovative poetry by women, particularly the ways in which stylistic experimentation in poetry allows one to question, interrogate, and revise the various hierarchies we impose upon language. We will consider the myriad ways that our understanding of language, its conventions, and the categories we impose upon it are gendered. Questions we will address during weekly discussions include: How does grammar reflect (and perpetuate) values and assumptions implicit in today’s cultural landscape? When poets re-envision the minutia of grammar, what else do they dismantle, reconstitute, and revise? To what extent are received grammatical structures necessary for maintaining community and dialogue? Can writers simultaneously inhabit and revise received modes of writing and thinking? Finally, what is the relationship between writing and social justice, and how can seemingly small stylistic choices in poetry contribute to a more just society? As we explore potential answers to these questions, we will read texts by Carol Guess and Daniela Olszewska, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Joanna Ruocco, Kara Candito, Molly Gaudry, and others as determined by students’ interests. Readings in contemporary women’s poetry will be paired with weekly writing prompts and ongoing discussions of student poems.


And, be sure to check out our upcoming master class with Dodie Bellamy.

Class runs: February 28th, 2015 / 1-4pm CST

Study with Dodie Bellamy in this one-day online class, The Beating of Our Hearts: Embodiment and the Turn to Content. With all the intense political realities bombarding us these days, many experimental poets are directly expressing overt content. This prose workshop/seminar will explore one path towards such content: using the body to ground ideas as well as emotion.

The class runs for 3 hours and will be held in our online, video-conferenced classroom, so you can attend from your own home, from anywhere in the world. Our students attend class from all over the world, including recently from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Singapore, Scotland, and, of course, the United States.

Class size is limited to 10 students. Register today to guarantee your seat.

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