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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Mon/Wed/Fri for six sessions | 5-7pm ET + 1:1’s with instructor

This craft class and workshop is designed to help you generate multiple new drafts throughout the course of our six two-hour meetings. On each occasion, we will close-read poems based around a theme (confession, poetic retellings, the natural world) which we then will use as models for short writing exercises. In the second half of the class, we will turn to workshopping student work. Poets we read will include Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Jane Hirshfield, Frank O’Hara, and Ocean Vuong. An additional period will be set aside for optional one-on-one meetings.

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Instructor: Maya C. Popa

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and author of American Faith (Sarabande, 2019), which was a recipient of the North American Book Prize and a runner-up in the Kathryn A. Morton Prize judged by Ocean Vuong. She is also the author of two chapbooks, both from the Diagram Chapbook Series: You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave and The Bees Have Been Canceled, which was a PBS Summer Choice. About American Faith, Deborah Landau says, “Maya Popa’s clear-eyed lyrics register with steady power a spectrum of 21st century violences. In poems that take on the devastating pressure of climate change, gun violence, and our threatened democracy, Popa uses her gift to grieve and in grieving forge song. Revelatory yet emphatically unsentimental, Popa’s unflinching distillations illuminate the facets of our broken world; there is much wisdom here, and grace, and heart.” And of her poetry Publishers Weekly reflects, “Child of immigrants, teacher, woman in a vulnerable body, the speakers of Popa’s poems seek to set the record straight, knowing how little anyone listens—to poetry, of course, but to other people in general. Popa’s questing and questioning lyric poems are kind company amid the uncertainty of the modern world.”