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Writers Workshops

POETRY 2019-208

Course #2019-208
Wednesdays Starting June 5 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 8 weeks Skipping July 10
Cost: $325 Instructor: Niki Herd
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Reframing the Text: A Documentary Poetry Workshop

The documentary poem is one that relies upon source texts—interviews, court testimonies, historical records, etc.— as the (often) driving force for the poem. These poems tend to be rooted in themes of social justice, but not always. As with lyric poetry, documentary poetry works in various modes with some poems relying heavily on the form and style of a source text—as is found in the work of Solmaz Sharif and Layli Long Soldier— and others much less so. In this workshop, we will begin our exploration of the documentary poem by looking at its close relatives—the poem of witness and the investigative poem. We will then craft our own documentary poems using the poetry of Muriel Rukeyser, Martha Collins, Nick Flynn, and Layli Long Soldier, among others, as models. Part of one class will be devoted exploring the Menil Campus on a Wednesday evening.

About the instructor

NIKI HERD is the author of The Language of Shedding Skin, and co-editor of the 2019 Unsung Masters volume featuring the poetry of disability activist Laura Hershey. Her work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Foundation and Cave Canem and has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, ObsidianThe Rumpus, and North American Review, among other journals and anthologies. Herd is currently at work on a collection of poems about violence in America, as well as an essay about memory, gender, and the act of speaking. She is completing her PhD at the UH Creative Writing Program and is the recipient of an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship.

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