Linebreak/Newsbreak: A Spring Adult Writing Workshop with Poet Diane Raptosh
Find poems in the news and the news in poems in this six-meeting workshop with poet Diane Raptosh. For writers of all levels and abilities, this poetry-focused workshop invites writers to respond in various kinds of writing to a unique concept.
This workshop will meet six times from 6:30-8:30pm. Dates: Thursday May 3rd, Tuesday May 8th, Thursday May 10th, Tuesday May 15th, Thursday May 17th, and Tuesday May 22nd
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Find poems in the news and the news in poems in this six-week workshop with poet Diane Raptosh. For writers of all levels and abilities, this poetry-focused workshop invites writers to respond in various kinds of writing to a unique concept.
We’ll entertain William Carlos Williams’s notion that “it is difficult to get the news from poems yet men [sic] die miserably every day for lack of what is found there” and Ezra Pound’s proclamation in the ABC of Reading: “Literature is news that stays news.” Are both Williams and Pound guilty of going for the soundbyte? How can we get poems from the news with skill, grace, and music?
The dynamic exchange that happens where poetry meets breaking news, where verse forms of all sorts meet the break and flow of ever-changing perspectives and information, is a vital locus of thought indeed. To this end, we will be composing poems and other works as news that stays new.
About Diane: A graduate of the University of Michigan MFA Program, Diane Raptosh served as the Idaho Writer-in- Residence (2013-2016) and the Boise Poet Laureate (2013). Her most recent book of poems Human Directional (Etruscan Press) came out in 2016, and her book American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press), was Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice/prison studies.