Become a stronger writer, analytical and critical thinker, and better communicator.

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Where You Want To Be Cover_Kevin PilkingtonExplore the craft of poetry in a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment. Discussions of form and craft will lead you in the ability to analyze your own and  each other’s poems. You’ll uncover any weaknesses and energize your lines with metaphoric language. All exercises and assignments will be fun as well as enlightening. You’ll play with video poems that combine words with moving and still images to create fresh perspectives; blackout poems – marking out all words on a newspaper or magazine except for the words that resonate to form a complete poem; and poetry mashups with your fellow poets.

An extra bonus: By paying close attention to language you’ll become a stronger writer, analytical and critical thinker and better communicator which will benefit you in all of your future academic work.

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Instructor: Kevin Pilkington

Kevin Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of nine collections: Spare Change was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner; Getting By won the Ledge chapbook award; In the Eyes of a Dog received the New York Book Festival Award; The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree was a Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award finalist. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies including: Birthday Poems: A Celebration, Western Wind, and Contemporary Poetry of New England. Over the years, he has been nominated for four Pushcarts. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines including: The Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Yankee, Hayden’s Ferry, Columbia, North American Review, etc. He has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities including The New School, Manhattanville College, MIT, University of Michigan, Susquehanna University, Georgia Tech. His debut novel Summer Shares was published in 2012 and a paperback edition was reissued in summer 2014. His collection Where You Want To Be: New and Selected Poems was a 2017 IPPY Award Winner. A new collection entitled Playing Poker With Tennessee Williams was just published by Black Lawrence Press. He recently completed a second novel.