Why I’m password-protecting my PAD Challenge poetry drafts

I am doing the PAD (Poem a Day) Challenge this year. I’ve done it before, and the result has been very good for my publications list and for my growth as a poet. There’s nothing like renewing the habit of daily writing. I can’t sustain it forever and am not sure I’d want to. However, […]

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The Multimodal Poem Assignment

I’ve done a multimodal poetry assignment successfully for Intro to Poetry for quite some time now, and once students see what can be done with multiple modalities in poetry, some good things can happen. Sure, there is less reliance on text, but the goal is to still have the same quality with the text, but […]

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Formal Verse and the Unexpected

This weekend my summer poets are busily drafting two poems at once (nature poem and free choice), so the next poem assignment, The Form Poem, may not be on their radar yet, but it is Poem 5 in their quest for 8 Poems in 8 Weeks. It may seem odd that I am so enthusiastic […]

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About Invention in Poetry (and a few prompts)

Sometimes the muse takes a vacation. Sometimes the poet doesn’t really have a muse, which is a fairly strange, gendered concept that is especially problematic for female poets. For most poets, using and sharing invention exercises with others is a part of po-biz. Here are some of my favorites. Versions of some of these prompts […]

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Thinking about Online Creative Writing Workshop Pedagogy

[ENG 203 students: this is about teaching theory. You will probably be more interested in the entry I wrote specifically for you about workshop etiquette] The traditional writer’s workshop with creative writers placed in a circle of desks, one hopes having read the work in advance with previously-made margin-comments that they refer to during workshop, […]

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The Rules

This summer I will be blogging for my English 203: Introduction to Creative Writing/ Poetry class. It is online-only, so I want them to have as many streams of information and interactions possible, so why not go to the beginning of social media (at least I think of it this way), the blog? Comments are […]

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