Tiny Tales, Prose Poems, and Micro Memoirs
This class will wade into those estuaries where the waters of genre blend and mingle and birth something new. We will try to blend the lyrical intensity of the poem with the narrative movement of the story as well as the wandering discovery of the essay. We will write untethered from the poetic line yet bound by the infinite space of a nutshell all while traveling on the turtle back of the sentence. We will question how much we owe the facts and how much we owe to truth and what perhaps is the difference between the two. The work we will produce will be short yet will hopefully contain the arc of human existence, the universe squeezed into a ball. We will read Carolyn Forche, Robert Hass, Julia Alvarez, Andre Dubus, Margaret Atwood and others; each student will receive an email appraising their work at the end of the class, offering suggestions for further reading and revision.
Matt W. Miller was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He is the author of Club Icarus, winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, and Cameo Diner: Poems. The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellowship at Stanford University and a Walter E. Dakin Poetry Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, his work has appeared or will appear in Slate, Harvard Review, Southwest Review, Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, River Styx, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, and other journals. He teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy and lives in coastal New Hampshire.