Tuning the Sonnet [2-Part Class] with Rachel Edelman
This class takes place Sunday, May 19 and the second class will take place Sunday, May 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Structure enables its own kinds of freedom: sonnets offer the opportunity to play with compression and conflict as well as their well-known meter and rhyme. In this class, contemporary examples from Rita Dove, Marilynne Hacker, and R.A. Villanueva, as well as iconic poems by Emma Lazarus and Phyllis Wheatley, will demonstrate the opportunities afforded by this iconic form. No experience with form is required for this course; students need only arrive with curiosity and a sense of adventure.
In addition to quick-write exercises during the class, students will be given an assignment to complete during the week between the two sessions.
About the instructor:
Rachel Edelman is a Jewish poet from Memphis, TN, whose work examines how humans confront and evade the destruction we have wrought. Her work has been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, The Threepenny Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and residencies from Crosstown Arts, the Mineral School, the Academy of American Poets, and the University of Washington. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington and a BA in English and geology from Amherst College. She works as a high school English teacher in Seattle. Find more of her work at www.rachelsedelman.com.