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How Line Break Works with Erin Hoover (via Zoom)
May 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm$124.00
Lineation is one of poetry’s foundational craft elements, impacting nearly every aspect of a poem, from how it looks and sounds to what it means. Some of us understand line breaks intuitively when we begin writing poetry; some of us have been told to break on “important” words or where you might naturally pause when reading aloud. This intensive craft class builds on those ideas to consider the poetic line “a unit of experience,” as Dana Levin has called it. Together, we will look at how other poets have used line break to expand our understanding of the line’s potential. We will also practice using different kind of line break in our work and see how they change our interaction with language, as well as alter the reader’s perception of our words. While resisting a formulaic interpretation, I hope that we will develop a taxonomy of possibilities for the line.
NB: This craft class will be taught on Zoom. It will be capped at 20. Please read our policies page before signing up for a class. You will receive a zoom link when you register; check your spam. Scholarship information will be available in January and applications will be due on February 15th.
Erin Hoover is the author of Barnburner, selected by Kathryn Nuernberger for Elixir Press’s Antivenom Poetry Award and winner of a Florida Book Award in Poetry. Barnburner was named a “favorite poetry book of 2018” by Largehearted Boyand by The Adroit Journal and called “a fitting attempt to kick down staid, prim, even academic poetic doors” by Booklist. Hoover’s poems have appeared in journals such as the Cincinnati Review, the Florida Review, Poetry Northwest, and Shenandoah, and they have been anthologized in Best New Poets and The Best American Poetry. Hoover teaches poetry at Tennessee Tech University and serves on the executive committee of the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference. She earned an MFA from University of Oregon and a PhD from Florida State University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Southeast Review.