Surprise Yourself, Surprise Others: Poetic Transformations in A Time of Crisis

Surprise Yourself, Surprise Others: Poetic Transformations in A Time of Crisis

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Ruth Danon

In this difficult moment in our collective experience it is tempting to try to write "about" what is happening. But how to write about something so huge without writing the predictable? How to find the parts of our experience we didn't know we were having? In this workshop we will use generative poetic techniques to access material not obviously present. While these techniques focus on the way poets engage with language the results can take any form. In other words, this two-session workshop is suitable for anyone who is willing to take some risks and play.

Ruth Danon's most recent book, WORD HAS IT, was published by Nirala Series in March, 2018. She is also the author of LIMITLESS TINY BOAT (2015, BlazeVOX), and much earlier, TRIANGULATION FROM A KNOWN POINT and LIVING WITH THE FIREMAN (a chapbook). Her poetry and prose have appeared in many publications in the US and abroad, including Rain Taxi, Largehearted Boy, Fence, BOMB, The Paris Review, Barrow Street, Crayon, Tupelo Quarterly, and many others. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2002 (selected by Robert Creeley), Eternal Snow (2018), and Resist Much, Obey Little (2018.) She graduated from Bard College and received her Ph.D from the University of Connecticut. For 23 years she taught in the Creative Writing Program she designed and directed for NYU's McGhee Division, the (then) undergraduate college for adult students. That program was dissolved in May 2017 and now Ruth Danon teaches in the Hudson Valley, where she lives, and in New York City. She is founder of Live Writing, a project devoted to teaching, performance, and curating of poetry and is a member of New York Writer's Workshop and the Urban Range Poetry Collective.

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