You won't find the genre "Memoir Poems" on the Poetry Foundation's website. But you will find countless poems that hold the author's life experience within. Many poets write memoir so why not consider writing poetry as a memoirist? In this class we'll read marvelous, thought-provoking poems and explore how to use poetic tools to write our own memoir poetry. Each day for a week we'll gather to read and discuss poems to understand poetic techniques and then class members will practice the technique in a poem of their own.
Topics will include:
Landscape as character and setting
The forms and uses of a poetic turn
Contrasting the physical and metaphysical
Making music with language
The class welcomes never-before poets as well as those who have dabbled in poetry for a while. Join us as we explore a new way of writing memoir as poetry!
Susan Rowe has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University and an MA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity's Nonfiction Blog, The American Oxonian, Penny, Literary Mama, and the book, Fighting the World’s Fight: Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and Beyond. Before deciding to write and teach full-time, Susan was a marketing and communications professional for twenty years. She recently completed a manuscript of short stories based on the lives of her immigrant grandparents.