Welcome to Button University!
(Re)Writing the Politicized Body (with Stevie Edwards)
In this course we will be reading, writing, and discussing poems about people’s relationships to their bodies. Poetry can provide an opportunity to rename and celebrate bodies in defiance of a culture that often vulgarizes and devalues bodies that are somehow “other” than what a western, white, patriarchal, capitalist, ableist, sizeist, cis-het gaze deems desirable or worthy of basic resources.
We will primarily read contemporary poets, with a sprinkling of poets from earlier in the canon. Readings will likely include Lucille Clifton, Anne Sexton, Muriel Rukeyser, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Danez Smith, Jillian Weise, torrin a. greathouse, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Rachel Wiley, Matthew Seigel, Franny Choi, Diamond Forde, Leila Chatti, and many others. The first five weeks will include assigned readings, lectures, discussions, writing prompts, and peer review groups. The sixth week will provide a rigorous but joyful online workshop and a virtual reading that students may invite their friends to attend and hear their new poems.
Check out more from Stevie in her poetry collection, SADNESS WORKSHOP
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About Stevie Edwards
Stevie Edwards is the founder and editor-in-chief of Muzzle Magazine and senior editor in book development at YesYes Books. Her first book, Good Grief (Write Bloody, 2012), received the Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze in Poetry and the… MORE