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Playing with Poetic Forms

In this class we’ll get inspired by looking at a variety of traditional poetic forms, such as the ghazal, sonnet, tanka, villanelle, and pantoum, and then we’ll try our own writing experiments with them. You’ll walk away with several new drafts of poems and fresh approaches to add to your poetry toolbox, whether or not you choose to continue writing in traditional forms or just want to borrow some of their techniques.


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*Note – all classes are in Pacific Standard Time

Instructor: Sierra Nelson

Grade: 9-12

Location: Online

Duration: 1 session

Start Date: 02/27/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PST

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info:

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