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November 8, 2021
Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
this class takes place on Zoom


This three-hour intensive will focus on the poetics of place: even as we all move through places familiar and altogether new to us, have perhaps lockdown-lingered in landscapes we might not have chosen for ourselves, we carry other places within us—places of belonging or alienation, constriction or drift; places rural or metropolitan, virtual, liminal, majestic, endangered, vast.

With a focus on how to use place as a means of catalyzing new work, we will read a number of poems from writers who have used external settings as an effective means of accessing the deepest regions of their interiority and making tangible the emotional state(s) of the poem to their readers. Treating place as a container for experience, a stage set, a formal means by which a poem or story might find its way to its realest self, we will explore selections from writers such as Natalie Diaz, Jorie Graham, Denis Johnson, Samuel Amadon, Tommy Pico, and Ada Limón, and then use our readings as a springboard for generating new work in real time. Writers of poetry and prose, and from all levels of experience, are welcome.

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We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you would like to take a writing class at the Access Rate.

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Devon Walker-Figueroa

Devon Walker-Figueroa is the author of Philomath (Milkweed Editions, 2021), selected for the National Poetry Series by Sally Keith and of the chapbook, So Lame (Berfrois, 2019). A graduate of Bennington College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the current Jill Davis Fellow in fiction at NYU, her work has appeared in the The NationPoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewPloughshares, and elsewhere.

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