Ekphrasis: Beyond Description 5-wk workshop w/Jennifer Franklin

Sun, 19 March 2017 // 12:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

This poetry workshop begins March 12. Please find class description below.

DATES: This workshop will meet the following Sundays: March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9 TIME/LOCATION: 12 PM – 2 PM at Bowery Poetry located at 308 Bowery INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Franklin REGISTER HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2801538

In this workshop, we will write a series of ekphrastic (from the Greek, “to speak out,” “to tell in full”) poems. Since Homer described Achilles’ shield in the Iliad, Western poetry has had a tradition of responding to art. This workshop will examine ekphrasis on a deeper level than the occasional tool for writer’s block. The emphasis is your poetry but I will provide examples of how the form is used to explore personal, political, and social issues. More than honing language of description, students will learn the nuances writing about art. Photography, graffiti, outsider art, architecture, sculpture, music, painting, and literature will be open to mine. Sometimes considered a form dominated by male poets, we will read work by Griffiths, Fragos, Brock-Broido, and Cruz that will help shatter that stereotype as we compose a short manuscript over the five weeks. Bring a poem based on another work of art to the first class.

Jennifer Franklin holds an AB from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. She was nominated for the 2016 Rona Jaffe Award. Her first full-length collection, Looming, won the Editor’s Prize and was published by Elixir Press. Her poetry has appeared widely in anthologies, literary magazines, and journals including Boston Review, Guernica, New England Review, The Paris Review, Plume, poets.org, Prairie Schooner, and Western Humanities Review. She is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. She teaches at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, where she serves as Program Director. She has been a guest teacher at Drew University’s MFA program and the Yale Summer Writers’ Conference.