Poetry as Conversation: A Workshop
Poetry is a conversation we have with ourselves by having it in front of others. With this idea in mind, this class will utilize daily generative writing exercises, class discussion of exemplary work by established writers, and daily workshop sessions of student poems to refine and sharpen students’ poetic tools and help bring submitted poems to finished form.
Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books of poems, The Trembling Answers (BOA, 2017), To Keep Love Blurry (BOA, 2012), and Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, (CLP, 2007), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. He also wrote Cradle Book: Stories and Fables (BOA, 2010) and the chapbook Ambivalence and Other Conundrums (Omnidawn, 2014). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Yale Review, A Public Space, Boston Review, Pleiades, and Seneca Review, among other magazines.
His first collection of essays, We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Proceed, will be published by Graywolf in November 2018. Teicher traces the poetic development in the works of Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, Louise Glück, and francine j. harris, among others, to illuminate the paths they forged. These luminous essays are indispensable for readers curious about the artistic life and for writers wondering how they might offer us that rare, glittering thing—lasting work. Teicher edited Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (New Directions, 2016) and serves as a poetry editor for The Literary Review. He writes about books for many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The LA Times, and NPR. Teicher has taught at NYU, Princeton, and the Iowa Writers Workshop. He is married to the poet Brenda Shaughnessy and they live in New Jersey with their children.