*ONLINE COURSE - NEW DATES*
5-Week Online Workshop with Shira Erlichman
Poetry in Love with the Ordinary
Dates: May 14 - June 11
Location: online via Zoom
This class will meet via Zoom on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00PM from May 14 - June 11.
A trope of poetry is that we poets must be transcendentally wise, ascending the mountain to shout our discoveries down at our listeners (all while in front of a blazing sunset, of course.) But what if our simple, complex lives are enough? In his poem “Ode with Interruptions,” Rick Barot writes, “I used to think that to write poems, to make art, / meant trying to transcend the prosaic elements / of the self, to arrive at some essential plane, where / poems were supposed to succeed. I was wrong.” In this workshop, instead of ascending some dramatic mountain, we’ll dive into the ordinary objects, concerns and characters of our everyday lives. Guided by Ross Gay, Marie Howe, Aracelis Girmay and Jean Valentine (among others), we’ll use forms such as the ode, ghazal and the epistolary poem to unfold the tremendous wisdom and presence available nowhere else but here—with the coffee cup, the bills, the rain—right here, wherever we are, right now.
Shira Erlichman is an author, visual artist, and musician. She recently released her debut poetry book Odes to Lithium and children's book Be/Hold. She's received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Millay Residency, and AIR Serenbe. Her work has been featured in The Rumpus, PBS NewsHour's Poetry Series, The Huffington Post, The Seattle Times, and The New York Times, among others. Learn more at www.shiraerlichman.com.
“Through her nonlinear narrative of hospitalization, treatment and everyday life, Erlichman turns a confessional self-portrait of crisis into a chemical, chimerical joyride toward self-acceptance" - The New York Times
More reviews: www.officialshira.com/books
April 4th & 5th - CANCELLED
Start Small: What Writers Can Learn from Very Short Stories
Dates: Saturday April 4th: 10 am - 3 pm
Sunday April 5th: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: Art Barn Library
Reading and writing very short stories can teach us several basic lessons of fiction writing, including the art of omission, compression, economy, and urgency. Whether you’re already part of the current very short story renaissance or plan to use your very short story as a springboard for a longer project, this weekend workshop will help you set limits that both sharpen your focus and expand your sense of artistic freedom. Readings, prompts, and exercises will be provided.
Jennifer Tseng’s flash fiction collection, The Passion of Woo & Isolde (Rose Metal Press 2017), was a Firecracker Award finalist and winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and her novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015), was shortlisted for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the New England Book Award. She’s a Visiting Core Faculty member of OSU Cascades’s low residency MFA program.
The Passion of Woo & Isolde is "a shining example of the powerful punch short fiction can deliver." - Unbroken Journal
More reviews: jennifertseng.weebly.com/fiction-reviews