The Politics of Play: A Poetry Workshop

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Marcus Wicker
Week 7: July 22 to July 27
ORIENTATION: July 22, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 23-27, 1-4pm
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All

Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of Social Justice Week.

Once a poet locates an approach that makes quick work of the generative process it is tempting to replicate that success by producing the same poem over and over again. And if the topic of said poem is political in nature (traditionally or personally) the redundancy becomes especially burdensome by way of subject matter. In this workshop we will read, write (play), and discuss poems that employ diverse aesthetic approaches—formal, satirical, oblique, experimental—to address the political and social issues of your choosing.


Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series. Wicker's awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter, and many other magazines. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review. He serves as director of the New Harmony Writers Workshop.