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Taking Risks in Narrative Poetry with Erin Hoover via Zoom

September 12, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Free – $124

Though narrative is a popular mode for poets writing today, narrative poetry is infrequently a focus of study. How can poetry tell stories differently from its prose cousins?  What lens does poetry offer us to examine, interpret, and subvert popular storytelling conventions? We’ll learn to write the narrative poem that takes risks in this workshop open to poets working at all levels.  We’ll look at how model poems use the craft elements of story — scene and exposition, specificity and detail, plot, character, and point of view — in unconventional and surprising ways.  As we write and revise together, we’ll engage strategies for generation and revision that you can use going forward to turn your own narrative poems upside down.  I hope you will leave our time together better equipped to tell the story you really want to tell in poetry, and that you will produce risky, rewarding poems.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom. Geography is not an issue. This class will be capped at 12.

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 Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Pleiades, and they have been anthologized in Best New Poets and The Best American Poetry.

Hoover currently teaches as the Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Hendrix College 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.

Please note: The Altman Person of Color Scholarships are free and given on a first come, first served basis. Please notify us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend the class. We will then reopen the slot so another student may register. Thank you in advance for this consideration.


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September 12, 2020
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States