This fall I’ll be teaching a new class at the Chicago School of Poetics, Poetry as Socio-Political/Cultural Practice, where we will examine poetry as a sociopolitical/culturally situated practice, with a particular focus on the construction, and intersection, of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability within poetic texts. The goal is to better understand how these texts function on a cultural level, and to apply such understanding to our own poetry. The work will be informed by a range of theoretical concepts drawn from Marxist, Feminist, Postcolonial, and Queer theory, and Disability Studies. Works to be examined include: Anti-Humbolt, by Hugo García Manríquez, Bodymap, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, Map of an Onion, by Kenji Liu, and Shut Up Shut Down, by Mark Nowak.
Registration is open now, and more information can found here.