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Craft Class: Deep Dives into First and Second Poetry Collections with Justin Wymer (via Zoom)

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join poet and professor Justin Wymer as he guides you through a close investigation of critically acclaimed first and second poetry collections. In this discussion-forward course, we will read some first and second poetry collections that are remarkable for their craft strategies and point of view. We will explore central themes in the works and analyze how they are organized, with an eye toward what craft strategies we might want to take into our own practice. We will also complete writing exercises inspired by the authors we read.

Incarnadine by Mary Szybist

As She Appears by Shelly Wong

Letters to a Stranger by Thomas James

Soft Science by Franny Choi

Plus one TBD

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and capped at 12 for six consecutive Thursdays starting June 22nd. Link will be sent to email you use to register at the time of registration and again the day before the class.  Zoom link will be emailed (check spam) at the time of registration. Please email [email protected] with any questions. Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC.

Dr. Justin Wymer is a poet, nonfiction and cross-genre writer, and educator. Born and raised in southwestern West Virginia, he holds degrees from Harvard University; the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; and the University of Denver, where he studied creative writing and literary arts with a focus on trauma studies, queer stylistics, and literature of excess and difficulty.

A winner of the 2012 Captain Jonathan Fay Prize from the Radcliffe Institute for best thesis out of any discipline at Harvard College, Wymer has also received awards and fellowships from Harvard Office for the Arts, University of Iowa, University of Denver, Academy of American Poets, Rockefeller Foundation, and the Spanish Ministry for Culture and Sport.

Wymer’s poems, interviews, translations, and essays have appeared in various journals, including The Adroit Journal, Atlantean Poets, Beecher’s, Boston Review’s Poet Sampler, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature, Conjunctions, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Kenyon Review, Lana Turner, Manchester Review (UK), Nat. Brut, Poetry Daily, The Rumpus, Souvenir Lit, and West Branch, among others. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Image, and an anthology on Appalachian labor poetics.

Wymer’s debut full-length collection, Deed, won the 2018 Antivenom Poetry Award, chosen by Jennifer Franklin, and was published by Elixir Press in 2019. He has just accepted a professorship at Universiry of Tennessee Chattanooga starting in fall 2023.


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Wymer craft class First/Second Books
$ 320.00
10 available


June 22
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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