Description of Class
Reading and writing poetry helps you think of new ideas, but can also dramatically change the way you perceived old ones. It is a way to process experiences, visual descriptions, and emotions. And here at StoryStudio, we believe that reading and studying your craft is as important, if not more, as the actual practice of writing. Here, you’ll put ample time into both.
This 6-week course led by award-winning poet Hannah Gamble seeks to introduce students to female, trans, and nonbinary poets (including some based in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest) with whom they may not already be familiar, including Morgan Parker, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Jos Charles, and others.
We will be looking at forms and themes such as erasure, documenting your community, resistance and alternate history, and more. With the help of weekly assignments and in-class writing prompts, students will also be writing pieces of their own, which will be workshopped in weeks 2–6.
The poetry students write in the class does not have to be focused on issues of gender or sexuality, but will be informed by what they learn from the authors we read and discuss in class. They will come away with new written material and a better understanding of recent work by (often emerging, rather than mid-career) female, trans, and non-binary authors.
For writers of all levels.
Please note: Cis-gendered men looking to learn about experiences different from their own—who will respect the experiences of their fellow female, trans, and non-binary students—are welcome in this class.
WEEK ONE: Isobel O’ Hare/ Erasure
WEEK TWO: June Jordan & Morgan Parker/ Resistance & Alternate Histories
WEEK THREE: H Melt/ Documenting Your Community
WEEK FOUR: Jos Charles/ Rejecting Given Language
Companion Poetry Form: Emoji Poetry
WEEK FIVE: Oliver Beaz-Bendorf/ Story of a Journey
Companion Poet: Sonya Ellis
WEEK SIX: TBA, depending on the interests/ strengths/ needs of the students.