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Catherine Bowman
Virtual Poetry Writing Class: This Imperfect Paradise, Writing Our Lives in Troubled Times
The best way out is always through says the poet Robert Frost. Here’s a chance for you to have fun and play with language, to envision, and to explore on the page what is meaningful and important to you. In these times how do we write into and through all that we are experiencing and feeling? How do we simultaneously work with and hold all of these contradictions? As inspiration, we will read writers past and present that have endured troubled times. We will write together into our daily lives, our dreams, our experiences, and our imagined futures. We will refresh ourselves through writing and reading to build a kind of immunity as we name and imagine possibility in our imperfect paradises.

Each week, I will guide you in the process of writing as we generate and create new poems together.

In addition, there will be weekly optional practices, writing suggestions, exercises, and readings.

A recording of the class will be available for you if you are unable to attend the live meeting.

Open to all levels.

Instructor: Catherine Bowman is the award-winning author of 1-8OO-HOT-RIBS, Rock Farm, Notarikon, The Plath Cabinet, and most recently Can I Finish, Please? She also edited Word of Mouth: Poems featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, The LA Times and The Best American Poetry and many magazines and journals. Provost Professor of English she teaches creative writing and literature at Indiana University and is the recipient of IU’s 2020 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award.
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