University of Washington, Bothell (2012-present)
BCWRIT 501: “Between Fact and Imagination”
Srikanth Reddy, Voyager
As the second required creative writing workshop for the MFA core curriculum, this course addresses diverse definitions and understandings of fact and imagination and how these figure into creative works. Students explore work by a number of contemporary writers for whom invention is spurred by, and in some cases supplanted by, research and even appropriation. Mapping a poetics of contemporary modes where fact and imagination intersect (through documentary poetics and conceptualism, to procedural writing) students develop a repertoire of techniques for grappling with the slippage between fact and imagination—a starting point from which to create.
BISIA 483: “Advanced Arts Workshop: Chapbooks and Artists’ Books”
This interdisciplinary writing workshop explores the juncture between writing and the hand-made book. Through experimental writing exercises and hands-on bookbinding tutorials, students consider the way a poem’s form and content might be put into fruitful dialogue. Students learn several bindings and attempt to write into and against them, creating new structures of their own along the way. By intertwining a study of artists’ books and chapbooks, students push their writing practice and engage with contemporary small-press publishing.
BISIA 401: “Literary and Arts Journal”
Clamor 2013 cover by Vildana Ramic
This course provides students the opportunity to learn about publishing by serving as the editorial and production staff of Clamor, UW Bothell’s Literary and Arts Journal. Students gain skills in communication, assessing and editing literary texts, layout design, technology for creating and disseminating multi-media work, project management, and teamwork.
BISIA 310: “Creative Writing: Poetry”
Harryette Mullen, “Sleeping With the Dictionary”
The goal of this workshop is to encourage students to see themselves as part of a larger conversation in contemporary poetry. We read recent books (the reading list changes each quarter) by writers who are pushing the boundaries of the lyric poem as part of the dialogue surrounding the place of the “personal” in poetry, including a range of experimental approaches, from typographic and visual methods that perform on the page, to “somatic exercises” that make bodily performance part of the act of writing, to persona and constraint poems that allow the poet to speak in another’s voice. In considering what the various forms of their writing enable these poets to do, we lay a foundation for talking about what we each want to do in our writing.
BIS 208: “Experimenting Through the Arts: Visual Poetry and Poetics”
Kay Rosen, Leak (1997)
This class explores the way artists and writers have used visual approaches to text for social, political, and aesthetic ends. Examining and experimenting alongside creative works that challenge the dichotomy between art and language, students will consider the ways words can be visual and images can be legible.