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Instructor Info:Heather Madden
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Wednesday
01:00 PM - 03:50 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5

In this workshop, designed for advanced students of poetry, workshop members will write and design a chapbook of 20-30 pages; at least 15 pages of this work will be 'new writing' completed in the course of the semester. The collection/chapbook produced can reflect collaboration and hybrid forms. Workshop members are expected to submit work for peer feedback and to respond to peer work in the course of the semester. Each workshop member will study and respond to collections of published poems, with an emphasis on 'first book' and small press publications. Limited to 16 students, this workshop is designed for writers who have had at least one 200-level poetry workshop.

Students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours per week in preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, writing, responding to peers' work, and may include required attendance at or participation in writing-related events.

Additional Info:

Required Materials:

Solitude Being Alien, Kimberly Alidio
(available through publisher: Dancing Girls Press:
(–wait for the go ahead before purchasing Alidios book)                      

The Night Tito Trinidad KO’ed Ricardo Mayorga
, Kevin Gonzales
(available from the publisher: Momotombo:

Bedful of Nebraskas,
Jill Osier
(available directly from the publisher:          

A Farm Boy,
C.D. Wright (available as pdf on Moodle)

****PLUS: one chapbook of your choice****

A notebook that is dedicated solely to your writing, to what inspires you, and to this class.            

Recommended Bookbinding Materials:

1)    bone folder      2)    linen thread

3)    awl                  4)    book-binding needles

5)    ruler                6)    paper