Poetry Salon: Reading the US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

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Looking for interesting discussions about poetry to inspire your own writing? Join us as we explore and enjoy Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water. We’ll discuss the book as a whole, as well as spend more concentrated time on individual poems. Participants will receive weekly writing prompts based on the book’s poems and themes and the instructor will give helpful feedback on your work. When class is over, you will have a good sense of how a poetry book work, a solid sense of Smith’s particular style, and some new work of your own. Bring a copy of Wade in the Water to the first class.

About Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg is a 2017-2019 NEA Fellow; her collection, Trace, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press. As a certified professional coach, she has helped hundreds of writers to publish, tame their inner critics, and add more creativity, balance, and intentionality to their lives. She also leads annual writing retreats. More about her at: www.melaniefigg.net.

Teaching Style: With over 25 years of teaching expertise, Melanie is a skilled and generous instructor. Her classes are well-organized and rigorous, but flexible—and include an effective combination of discussion, lecture, and in-class exercises/workshops. She also offers detailed, helpful feedback on student work with clear ideas of how to proceed with revision. Melanie is determined that students leave her classes with new skills, a deeper understanding of craft, and a lasting excitement for writing and reading.


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