You Against the World: the Autobiographical Moment in Poetry

You Against the World: the Autobiographical Moment in Poetry

Matthew Olzmann
Week 9: August 6 to August 11
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All
Registration Open
Workshop Full: Waiting List may be available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

Nonfiction writer Dinty W. Moore says, “It is not what happens to us in our lives that makes us into writers; it is what we make out of what happens to us.”  This class will examine several strategies for shaping the autobiographical moment in poetry. We’ll consider how the ordinary becomes sublime, and how the speaker’s private experience can become a powerful experience for the reader as well.  This will be a generative workshop. We will write so many poems.

Biography

MATTHEW OLZMANN is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design (both from Alice James Books). He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Kresge Arts Foundation. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Brevity, Southern Review and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Dartmouth College.