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First Fight, Then Fiddle: Toward a Revolutionary Poetics

This class is being offered on a sliding scale. General price reflects the true cost of running this program. There are also pay-what-you-can options, and a Supporter option which helps us offer classes to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Audre Lorde’s words, “Revolution is not a one-time event,” provide a frame for Kaveh Akbar’s exploration of poetic revolution against form, against line, against grammar. He discusses works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Forough Farrokhzad, Vijay Seshadri, and others to see how they push not only to rout convention, but to tear it down and offer up something better. This class is being offered in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Poetry Series. This class is being offered in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Poetry Series.


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Instructor: Kaveh Akbar

Class Type: 1 Session


Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 12/04/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 100

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Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. His second full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, will be published by Graywolf in August 2021. His debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out now with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. In 2022, Penguin Classics will publish a new anthology edited by Kaveh: The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine

In 2020 Kaveh was named Poetry Editor of The Nation. The recipient of honors including multiple Pushcart Prizes, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, and the Levis Reading Prize, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. In 2014, Kaveh founded Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in American poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he wrote a weekly column for the Paris Review called "Poetry RX."

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