What turns a story into poetry? We’ll explore the narrative poems of Ellen Bass, Elizabeth Bishop, Marilyn Chin, Louise Erdrich, Martín Espada, Lawson Inada, June Jordan, and Larry Levis. The focus of this class is to generate new work, to tell the story of your own life and the stories you have witnessed. There will also be time to share our poems and become curious about how, in the words of poet Jeanne Marie Beaumont, “to go further, deeper, wilder.” Together we’ll discover what can emerge in a poem that might lay hidden in a story.
All genres are welcome.
Friday afternoons, 1 pm – 3 pm
February 10 – April 13, 2011 (8 weeks, no class on 3/2 or 3/16)
At my home in the hinterlands of Oregon City (I will send directions)
$250 ($75 deposit)
Register by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Class size is limited to 6.
Cindy Williams Gutiérrez is a poet-dramatist who collaborates with artists in music, theatre, and visual art. Her collection, the small claim of bones, is forthcoming from Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Arizona State University). Her poems and reviews have been published in Borderlands, Calyx, Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Quiddity, UNAM’s Periódico de poesía, Rain Taxi, Rattle, Windfall, and ZYZZYVA, among others. Cindy has performed her Aztec-inspired poems accompanied by pre-Columbian instrumentalist Gerardo Calderón through AWP, Washington Humanities, and the Miracle Theatre’s Luna Nueva Festival. In 2009, she and Calderón released their CD “Emerald Heart.” Three of Cindy’s plays have been produced by the Miracle Theatre Group and the Insight Out Theatre Collective.
Cindy has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program. She has taught creative writing through the Attic, Annie Bloom’s Books, the Oregon Poetry Association, USM’s Stonecoast Program, Wordstock, and Writers in the Schools. In 2009, one of her ESL students won the Tin House Poetry Prize.