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Poet Against Empire: An Erasure Workshop

Poet Against Empire: An Erasure Workshop


What makes a good erasure poem? How can erasing found text move beyond the merely playful or arbitrary to become a powerful poetic means for confronting and entering into dialogue with that text? Whether someone is new to poetry or an experienced writer, erasing found text can help to generate visually-engaging work that responds to power with precision and complexity. In this online erasure workshop, participants will analyze different strategies used in erasure poems, try out these strategies by drafting erasure five poems of their own, and give and receive feedback electronically each week. Readings will include poems by Chase Berggrun, Jordan Abel, jayy dodd, Solmaz Sharif, M. NourbeSe Philip and Srikanth Reddy. At the start of the workshop, the professor will provide a video overview of erasure poetry, and each week she’ll provide video and written instructions to a new assignment. Students will write a new erasure poem and write/receive critiques by the end of each week. Weekly work for the course will be done asynchronously on Wet Ink, and at the end of the course, the professor will conference one-on-one with each student electronically.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Candace Williams
  • Dates: March 22–April 26, 2020
  • Time: asynchronous
  • Location: online
  • Cost: $295
  • Class size: 6–12 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, MARCH 15, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, FEB 2