Fantastic Worlds In the Realest Poems: How Fantasy Fiction Might Help Our Hardest Realities Bloom

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi
August 6 to August 31, 2018
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4-Week Workshop
What does it mean to tell the truth? And why can it often be so hard to do and/or make the poem seem nothing like the vivid, hallucinatory world of joy/sorrow/daily life?

In this class we will read Fantasy Fiction by writers such as Zen Cho, Ursula Le Guin, JY Yang and others as a means of thinking about "fantasy" and world building in our own work. We will write poems and make maps and catalogues and histories. In short, we will move deeply into the magical and often extraordinary business of everyday life and write poems that truly see the world in every dimension. This class is an experiment and a workshop and a reading group. Everyone is welcome on this journey.

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia EarhartApocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize) and Rocket Fantastic. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award, a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review, and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals including the New York TimesPOETRYBoston Review, and Kenyon Review. She is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and co-curates the digital maker's space Voluble. She is working on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn't Kill Myself, and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. She lives in North Carolina and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.