Classy Talk: John Berry | Summer 2014

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JDB 300 dpi thumbnailWhat is the title of your class?
Take-Away Poems

People should take this class if…
they want to understand the relationship between writing a poem and presenting it for reading.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Facebook (I don’t check Facebook all that often, so it’s not a good way to get in touch with me directly.)

Are any of your works online and available to the public?
Why, yes, by amazing coincidence, they are. Easiest starting point is my website, which includes my blog (Easily Amused), my portfolio of book design, samples of my other writing, and a few more bits ’n’ pieces.

Most recent online piece is my article for The Magazine about the future of e-books.

What’s your teaching philosophy?
First of all, find out what people are expecting from the class. Then tailor the process to that. I always tend to start from the concrete and work outward.

What are you working on right now? What’s the hardest thing about it?
Trying to get the Scripta Typographic Institute, a think tank & advocate for excellence in e-book typography, up and running, so it can have an effect. That’s been my big project for the last several months.

What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?
My response is the same as it is when people ask me what my favorite typeface is: for what purpose? Though with no context at all, I’d have to say balderdash!