Whole-Brain Poetry

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Your poetry can benefit from understanding more about how the brain is “wired for poetry” (as Frederick Turner has said). This goes beyond the well-known use of metaphor to explain scientific concepts to the general public. Through writing exercises, close examination of old and new poems, workshopping of participant poems, and brief reading assignments, we will examine the neurology and psychology of poetry, the relationship between time and memory, how science has influenced well-known poets, how poetry can both heal and prevent trauma, and more. Readings include essays by Frederick Turner, Ruth Padel, Frederick Feirstein, and Virginia Smith.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary’s villanelles, sonnets, and other metrical poems appear in journals and anthologies internationally. (For examples online, see: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=claudia+gary+poem&t=h_&ia=web .) She has chaired panels including “The Sonnet in 2016” and “Poetry and Science” (2019) at the West Chester University Poetry Conference, and panels on Poetry and Music at both the WCU and Frost Farm poetry conferences. Author of Humor Me (2006) and chapbooks including Genetic Revisionism (2019), Claudia is a three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and a 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht award (Waywiser). Her poems have appeared in many journals including American Arts Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, Angle, Antiphon, Chronicles, Light, Loch Raven Review, Mezzo Cammin, Poet Lore, The Rotary Dial, and String Poet; as well as anthologies including Villanelles (2012), The Great American Wise-Ass Poetry Anthology (2016), and Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (2018). She is also a health science writer for vvaveteran.org, a composer of art songs and chamber music, and a former poetry editor. See pw.org/content/claudia_garyfollow @claudiagary.

Teaching Style: Claudia loves to see students have fun discovering something they never knew they could do. She starts with a close reading of good poems, then alternates among writing, reading, exercises, and so on, to keep the class session dynamic.


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