THE POET’S TOOL KIT Master Class with Monica Youn
Applications are now being accepted for the October master class with award-winning poet Monica Youn. In this course, students will hone and sharpen their poetic craft through an intensive focus on the materials and techniques of their art form. Starting from the smallest increment of the poem — the individual word or sound — students will engage in a series of exercises that are designed to deepen their appreciation of structure, craft, and form. We will devote special attention to the ways in which poetry can participate in the characteristic techniques of other art forms and genres. Reading assignments will include the work of contemporary and canonical poets and other artists whose works serve as exemplars for certain formal strategies.
Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre, which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America. It was also shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award, longlisted for the National Book Award and named one of the best poetry books of 201 by the New York Times, Washington Post, and BuzzFeed. Her previous collection, Ignatz, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has been awarded the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bytter Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. A former lawyer, she is a member of the curatorial collective the Racial Imaginary Institute and a professor at University of California, Irvine. Her fourth book, From From, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in March 2023.