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Very Short Prose

Saturdays, 3 weeks
Jan 14
Jan 28
1:00 - 3:00 PM CT
AM Ringwalt
The Porch House at 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
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In "Very Short Prose," we will inhabit the tension between brevity and spaciousness as we explore prose poetry alongside flash fiction and nonfiction. We will investigate the narrative and symbolic potency of the gesture, the role of silence in creativity, and how language keeps—and fails to keep—time. With each weekly meeting devoted to one literary genre, we will read texts by Anne Carson, László Krasznahorkai, Dawn Lundy Martin, Marguerite Duras, and Stephane Mallarmé, with ample room for writing and community of our own.

AM Ringwalt is a writer and musician whose work appears in Jacket2, Music & Literature and Black Warrior Review. Called "rich with emotion" by Pitchfork and "arresting" by FLOOD, "Summer Angel" is out now on Dear Life Records. Ringwalt holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame, where she received the 2019 Sparks Prize. She is the recipient of a fellowship at the International Literary Seminars in Nairobi and Lamu, Kenya. Previously, she attended the International Summer Program at ​the Watermill Center. "The Wheel," her hybrid memoir, was published by Spuyten Duyvil. "What Floods" is forthcoming from Inside the Castle. Ringwalt is a Lecturer of English at Belmont University.

What Our Students Say

"AM Ringwalt is a caring and attentive instructor, with a great eye for the type of poetry we want to write and we want to feel. It's a pleasure knowing her as a person and an even greater one studying with her as a teacher."

"AM Ringwalt really opened my eyes to the beauty of literature. The poem I wrote in her workshop really showed me how greatly I’m influenced by people and environment. I’m trying to learn how to write better and hearing AM quote some of my words really made me happy. Thanks for the encouraging words."

"I loved taking class with AM. She brought insight while at the same time acknowledged and valued the insights of classroom participants as equal to her own. The pacing of the class was great and it never dragged or rushes."

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