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Generative Poetry Workshop: The Prose Poem with Nathan McClain (via Zoom)

May 1 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

On the Prose Poem
Among the most important criteria when evaluating a poem, at least for me, is the relationship between its content and form. If one chooses to set a poem in rhyming couplets, it should be because they feel the form most appropriate for what the poem wants to mean and to say, not simply to impress or for fun. When it comes to the prose poem, however, finding content that feels “most appropriate” for the form can pose a unique challenge, the decision sometimes made out of laziness or confusion. In this generative workshop, we will discuss the unique characteristics of the form and try our hand at a few prompts. Participants may read work by Marie Howe, Amy Gerstler, and Russell Edson, among others.

NB: This is a one-day (four-hour) generative writing workshop taught on Zoom and capped at 15 students. Registrants will receive the Zoom link to the email address they use to register. It will arrive immediately after registration so please check your spam folder if you do not receive it. It will also be sent the day before class as a reminder. Please review the course policies page before registering for any classes.

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Scholarship information will be available for this class in January and applications will be due on February 15th.

Nathan McClain is a poet, editor, and educator living in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017). Four Way Books will also publish his collection, PREVIOUSLY OWNED in the fall of 2022, His poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in New York Times Magazine, Poem-a-Day, The Common, West Branch Wired, upstreet, and Foundry, among others. He is the new poetry editor of the Massachusetts Review.



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May 1
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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