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Writing the Bop with Afaa Michael Weaver via Zoom
April 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree – $124
The Bop is a form of poetic argument consisting of three stanzas, each followed by a repeated line or refrain. The first stanza is six lines and presents a problem; the second stanza is eight lines and further expands upon the problem; and the third stanza is six lines and either resolves or documents the failure of resolving the problem. Read a Bop poem by Afaa Michael Weaver, who created the form during a Cave Canem writing retreat and learn how to write one with the Master, himself.
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Afaa M. Weaver’s fifteenth collection of poetry is Spirit Boxing (U Pitt, 2017). Recipient of four Pushcart prizes, an NEA in poetry in 1985, a 1993 PDI Award in playwriting, the 2014 Kingsley Tufts, the 2015 Phyllis Wheatley Book Award, a 2017 Guggenheim fellowship, the 2019 St. Botolph Club Foundation Distinguished Artist Award, and the 2019 Art and Literature Medal from the Chinese Writers’ and Artists’ Association, he has taught at New York University, Brooklyn College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Rutgers, where he received tenure. In 2017, Weaver retired from Simmons College, where he held the Alumnae Chair in English for 20 years. He is a member of the core faculty in Drew University’s low-residency MFA program in Poetry and Translation. In his native Baltimore, Weaver spent 15 years as a factory worker. He was first faculty at Cave Canem’s 1997 retreat and is the first Elder of the Cave Canem Organization.
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