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Farid Matuk

Farid Matuk is a poet, essayist, and translator. An MFA graduate of the Michener Center for Writer's, his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly, Effing Magazine, Skanky Possum Magazine, and Borderlands where he is currently Associate Editor. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Texas Observer, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express News, and Publisher's Weekly.


9:00 a.m.- Noon / Session Begins
12:00 noon - Lunch
1:00 p.m.- 3:00 Field Trip to Local Library
3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Class resumes.

From Emily Dickinson to Texas's own Kathleen Peirce, the exploration of shorter poetic forms has allowed poets to strip back excess and flourish in favor of economy, intensity and acuteness of vision. In this one day course we will survey several examples of the short poem that will feed into in-class writing exercise. The emphasis will be on acquiring specific skills in the construction of imagery, line, and rhythm that writers can take with them to inspire and fulfill their creative impulses. Course packet will be provided at the beginning of class. Students are welcomed, though not required to bring in drafts of their own poems. If enough students bring in work we will allow time for a workshop session. If time allows, we will cull through a wide range of local and national literary journals with an eye toward identifying publication venues appropriate to each student's aesthetic inclinations.

Materials students should bring: Writing instrument, paper, drafts of poems (optional). Also, please bring a favorite short poem if you have one. For the purposes of this class a short poem is understood anything under 20 lines.

Suggested Reading List: Reading packet will be provided in class.

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