Poetic Urges: Join a community and have a conversation on the craft of poetry.

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A friendly and informative course designed to cover important basics of poetry for those who yearn to further explore their poetic urges, no matter what skill level. We’ll spend part of the week on interactive craft-chats, free-writing exercises, and readings of exemplary poems that relate to imagery, figurative language, line breaks, and more! Based on writing prompts, you’ll also spend part of the week writing poems on your own, which will then be shared in workshop sessions to further hone your poetic skills.

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Instructor: Richard Blanco

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Author of many renowned collections of poetry, his most recent, How to Love a Country, interrogates the American narrative. He has also authored the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood.  Blanco is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, has received numerous honorary doctorates, serves as Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets, and is an Associate Professor at Florida International University.