Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Art of Writing Poetry with Doug Holder


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Course Name:
The Art of Writing Poetry (Writing & Speaking)

Poets want two things: to be able to write compelling poetry, and to
see it in print. In this participatory workshop we will develop
poetry through creative brainstorming. Feedback will focus on the
effective use of language, imagery, and metaphor in the construction
of a poem. The instructor will provide leads for publishing and
contacts at small presses. Many students have published their poems
for the first time in the course of this workshop. Please bring
three original poems to each class. You will have the chance to read
your work aloud and to get feedback from other class members.

Douglas Holder

7pm to 9pm on Tuesday

Newton SOUTH HS in Room 2105


No Class Dates:
(No class Apr 22)
Classes are from 4/8/2008 to 5/20/2008. There will be 6 sessions.

Doug Holder is a small press activist. He founded the Ibbetson
Street Press in the winter of 1998 in Somerville, Mass. He has
published over 40 books of poetry of local and national poets and
over 20 issues of the literary journal "Ibbetson Street." Holder is
a co-founder of "The Somerville News Writers Festival," and is the
curator of the "Newton Free Library Poetry Series" in Newton, Mass.
His interviews with contemporary poets are archived at the Harvard
and Buffalo University libraries, as well as Poet's House in NYC.
Holder's own articles and poetry have appeared in several
anthologies including: Inside the Outside: An Anthology of Avant-
Garde American Poets (Presa Press) "Greatest Hits: twelve years of
Compost Magazine (Zephyr Press) America's Favorite Poems edited by
Robert Pinsky. His work has appeared in such magazines as: Rattle,
Caesura, Home Planet News,Istanbul Literary Review, Sahara, The
Boston Globe Magazine, Poesy, Small Press Review, Artword Quarterly,
Manifold (U.K.), The Café Review, the new renaissance and many
others. He holds an M.A. in Literature from Harvard University.
Recently Holder was a guest of the "Voices Israel" literary
organization, and conducted workshops and read from his work in
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (Zoa House), and Haifa. His two most recent
collections of poetry are: "Of All the Meals I Had Before," (
Cervena Barva),"No One Dies at the Au Bon Pain" (sunnyoutside)

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