Muriel Rukeyser said that “In school we learn how precious poetry is, how important it is to civilization, but we are not taught how to use it.” This weekend intensive taught by Yolanda Wisher will explore some of the precious and practical uses of poetry beyond the Norton Anthology and MFA. If you are interested in cultivating a public poetry practice in settings like schools and parks, train stations, Laundromats, prisons, and shelters; if you want to work with integrity as a poet with marginalized and vulnerable communities; if you want to respectfully reach and revolutionize communities with poetry through event organizing and digital platforms, this course is for you. Philly iconography—row houses, stoops, and sneakers on telephone lines will frame our study of the poetry reading, the workshop, and the festival as three modes of civic engagement and community organizing. Guest speakers and a course pack of poems and essays rooted in a lineage of “poetry for the people” movements in Philly and beyond will root our conversations. Each class will feature a curated panel discussion with poets who have been active in community spaces and programs in Philadelphia.
Cost: $250 (financial aid available)
Schedule: September 14, 10-4 pm (w/lunch break), September 15 10-4pm (w/lunch break)
6-10 students (need 6 students to run)
Registration: Rolling, by application, closes August 26, 2019
To apply: email a little bit about you to firstname.lastname@example.org. If applying for financial aid, please also fill out this form.