Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
She is a contributing editor to Salamander. In the past, she has read for the Indiana Review, Puerto del Sol, and Ploughshares, worked as a writer-in-the-schools in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and organized a visiting writers program for DYS students in rural Pennsylvania.
She has taught courses in poetry, fiction, literature, and composition for the last fifteen years. She's currently circulating a manuscript of poems for publication.
Can a poem be a contemplative space? This generative workshop is designed for practicing poets who are interested in the effects of meditation/mindfulness practice on their writing and creativity. Workshop members will spend the first 10-20 minutes of each session actively engaged in meditation. The remainder of each class period will be spent in one of three ways: writing and creating work in response to prompts, discussing common readings, sharing work, and/or offering feedback to peers. Students will also present the work of published authors to the class and offer written response to published work. Each workshop member will maintain a self-designed "mindfulness book" (an unpolished creative document/journal) and-in the course of the semester-will workshop and revise a minimum of three pieces of creative writing. In order to successfully complete the workshop, students must submit a portfolio of work that includes revised/finalized writing; this writing can take the form of poetry, fiction, or essay (or it might be some hybrid form). Instructor permission is required. Students must attend the first day of class in order to be considered for enrollment. Prerequisite: One college-level poetry workshop
In this workshop, designed for advanced students of poetry, we will study the organization of chapbooks and collections of poems. Each workshop member will respond to published collections, with an emphasis on 'first book' and small press publications. Students will also write, revise, and design their own chapbooks (15-25 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. Limited to 12 students, this course is designed for writers who have had at least one 200-level poetry workshop. Instructor permission is required: students must attend the first class meeting in order to be considered for enrollment. Prerequisite: Enrollment preference will be given to students who have completed at least one college-level poetry workshop.
About the prose poem, poet Campbell McGrath asks, "Do the formal fields end where the valley begins, or does everything that surrounds us emerge from its embrace?" We will explore this well-established (yet liminal) form in workshop. Assignments will include weekly readings and responses to published and peer work, imitations, and writing exercises. Each workshop member is required to maintain a course journal and to complete one formal presentation of the work of a published (prose) poet. Limited to 16 students, this course is suitable for (poets or fiction) writers who have taken at least one 200-level creative writing workshop. Prerequisite: One college-level poetry or creative writing workshop.
Workshop members should arrive willing to explore and to expand their interests through the long poem and/or the lyric essay. We'll experiment with the "malleability, ingenuity, immediacy, [and] complexity"* available in these forms. Workshop members will also keep regular journals, research areas of interest, submit formal (typed) passages and self-contained segments of writing for peer review, and respond to peer and published works. In addition to a portfolio of work that includes a critical introduction, each workshop participant will complete one analytical paper and one formal presentation. Course readings will include work by Claudia Rankine, Eula Biss, WCW, Cornelius Eady, Sherwin Bitsui, and Anne Carson (among others). Limited to 16 students, and designed to offer practice at developing semester-length/extended creative projects, this workshop is suitable for Division II students who plan to pursue creative writing as a component of Division III. Potential workshop members must have completed at least one college-level creative writing workshop. Instructor permission is required. Students must attend the first class meeting in order to be considered for enrollment in the workshop.
"Micro-fictions," like "traditional short stories," require attention to pacing, sentence, detail, image, and music. In this workshop, we'll study and practice micro-fiction (also known as "quick fiction" or "short, short stories"). We'll consider the ways that pacing and syntax are instrumental in establishing tone and narrative structure. We'll also examine particular scenes from a selection of longer stories (putting these scenes "under the micro-scope"). Students are expected to participate in workshops, to complete exercises & critical responses to readings, to present a selection of published work to the workshop, and to develop a revised portfolio of their own micro-fictions. This workshop is suitable for both poets and fiction writers. Prerequisite: Preferably one college-level CRW workshop in poetry and/or one in fiction. Instructor permission is required: students must attend the first class meeting in order to be considered for enrollment.