Of Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, and Paint in the Lab

Of Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, and Paint in the Lab

Gabrielle Calvocoressi
November 7 to November 11, 2016
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1-Week Intensive

In this class we'll ask rigorous questions like, "What do I mean when I say the sky is blue?" & "What does 'green' mean, really?" This is a class about using multiple mediums and the art of surprise to make our poems and our practice of writing poems more expansive, muscular, and joyfully challenging. We'll go into our communities to find and make pigments as a way of thinking about specificity. We'll paint even and especially if we never have. And we will write enough poems to get us through at least the next three months of revision.

This is a generative workshop/laboratory. We will comment on process as much as on aspects of craft. We'll upload all of our experiments so the class can see.

Requirements: Beginner's mind and an athletic spirit. Portable watercolor kit and paper (I will provide links to great cheap kits). A question a day. Willingness to "fail." Willingness to completely rock it.


GABRIELLE CALVOCORESSI is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing, which was a finalist for the LA Book Prize. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes including a Stegner and Jones Fellowship, a Civitella di Ranieri residency, a Rona Jaffe Women Writers Award, and a Lannan Residency fellowship. She is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books. Her third book, Rocket Fantastic will be released in Fall 2017. She teaches at UNC Chapel Hill.

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