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Long before the internet, certain word-strings have always “gone viral,” colonizing minds by infectious means, mouth to ear, without need of the literary apparat and its customary gray vectors: tenured professors, annotated anthologies, editorial and critical harrumph. We’ll collect specimens of this subliterary sort, including jokes, riddles, curses, charms, weather-saws, and prayers and consider how they do it. In that sense, this may devolve into a lightning taxonomy of the several live magics constituting Ars Poetica; curse us if we don’t keep it light.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Richard Kenney’s most recent of four books is The One-Strand River (Knopf, 2007). His work has attracted honors, among them fellowships from the MacArthur, Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill, and Lannan Foundations, the Rome Prize in Literature, and the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. He teaches undergraduate- and MFA-level creative writing at the UW.