Reading Contemporary Poetry (FULL)

Multiple Instructors

Join Marion and Barbara to discuss books by three contemporary masters: Victoria Chang, B.H. Fairchild, and Carolyn Forché.

First, we’ll examine how Chang uses the form of a newspaper obituary to express losses of people and things in her book, Obit. Next, we’ll move to Fairchild’s The Art of the Lathe and explore his deft use of concrete, sensory images to describe the working life. And finally, we’ll turn to Pulitzer winner, Carolyn Forché’s In the Lateness of the World, and discover her ability to write about personal and historical memory in a visionary style.

No matter how familiar you are with poetry, we invite you to an open and welcoming conversation. Every session will offer several generative prompts based on the topics and poetic style exemplified by each of the three books.C

Class Details

Genre: Poetry

Level: All experience levels welcome.

Format: Literary analysis and discussion with generative writing outside of class.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 15 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative poetry workshop.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
1:00 pm
3:00 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
1:00 pm
3:00 PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
1:00 pm
3:00 PM
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Marion Starling Boyer

Marion Starling Boyer’s Ice Hours was selected for the 2021 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, to be released January 2023 from Michigan State University Press. She is author of The Sea Was Never Far, The Clock of the Long Now, and Composing the Rain, winner of Grayson Books’ Chapbook competition.

Barbara Sabol

Barbara Sabol is a poet whose work has appeared in Evening Street Review, One Art, Mezzo Cammin, Literary Accents, and Modern Haiku and won awards including the 2019 poetry manuscript prize from Sheila-Na-Gig Editions and Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Cleveland OH

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