For as long as language has existed, people have made attempts to describe their own ideas of the divine. In this six-week generative workshop, we will try our hand at rendering what the sacred means for each of us individually, as well as study contemporary poets who include themes of religion and spirituality within their lyrical work. We’ll look at poets from many religious and philosophical backgrounds and examine the similarities and differences within their work. We will look at the relationship between diction, syntax, and form and examine how these can render our theories and theologies of the holy onto the page. We will read poets such as Kazim Ali, Meg Day, Kaveh Akbar, and Jericho Brown, among others, and together create poems out of generative in-class writing prompts. We will come to this class with more questions than answers, and leave with new ideas for how our own language can capture our rich interior journeys on the page.
Meg Wade is a National Poetry Series finalist and a former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin's Creative Writing Institute. Her chapbook, Slick Like Dark, won the 2017 Snowbound Chapbook Award and is now out from Tupelo Press. Meg has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and is a co-curator of Be Witched, a literary and arts event series. You can find her poems online, as well as various print journals and anthologies. She lives and writes in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Meg Wade was so encouraging and enthusiastic as a teacher. She was clearly so passionate about the materials, and was able to discuss the craft deeply and sharply. She lead workshops with incisive critiques that helped me reflect on my own work in new ways that have opened up new avenues for exploration of my art. Thank you!"
"Meg presented the material and models with great enthusiasm and created a really innovative exercise. She is so knowledgeable about poetry, but she knew just how much to feed us so that we could apply it to our own writing as a start."
"Meg Wade packs a lot of learning and writing into her classes. Meg's choice of examples and our discussion deepened my understanding of prose poetry. The prompt and subsequent discussion of our writing inspired several of us to continue working on the pieces we began. This was an informative and motivating workshop, and Meg's style of facilitating is welcoming and skilled."