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Discourse, in-class writing, workshop, essay. This class will focus on our ability to gain access to a more generative flow-state in creativity, and we’ll write poems as well as short essay hybrid pieces. Students will write new poems (or hybrid form of poetry writing you prefer), challenge our personal status quo, become better editors of our own work. This class is not a traditional workshop. Rather, it is a class to alchemize your whole approach to poetry. We will read a lot. Talk a lot. And write a lot. Some days will focus on workshops, others craft.
In this 6-week class we will investigate theories of consciousness in both psychology, philosophy and poetry. We will use a variety of texts from across these genres: from Freud to Gaston Bachalard, Wilfred Bion, John Keats, Claudia Rankin, Anne Sexton, Louise Bogan, Gertrude Stein, Franz Wright, Edouard Glissant and more. We will challenge ourselves to investigate thoughtful, uncertain ideas, and really ask ourselves: How do I write what I want to write? What do I want to write? And above all: how do I allow the unconscious out to play in my writing? We shall see.
This class thrives on attendance, intimacy, and respect. Everyone is expected to participate with an open mind. The class will be limited to 8 students.
Bianca Stone is a writer and visual artist. She was born and raised in Vermont and moved to New York City where she received her MFA from NYU in 2009. She is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House, 2014), Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, (Pleiades, 2016), The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018) and the children’s book A Little Called Pauline, with text by Gertrude Stein. She collaborated with Anne Carson on the illuminated Antigonick, a book of Carson’s translation of Antigone (New Directions, 2012). Her poems, poetry comics, and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review and many others. She has returned to Vermont with her husband and collaborator, the poet Ben Pease, where she is Creative Director of The Ruth Stone House, a literary nonprofit artist residency, letterpress studio and community poetry center.
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FInancial aid is applied for on a class by class basis. Not all classes offer financial aid. There is a limited amount of funding available, and aid is awarded in the order received.
This financial aid form is for:
The Ruth Stone House BIPOC Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room and Board at the Inn for a BIPOC poet
Lucy Terry Prince Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room & Board at the Inn for a Poet of Color living in Vermont, or with roots in Vermont
The James Tate Scholarship
Full tuition for a poet under the age of 40 (does not include Room & Board)
Award for $600 reduced tuition for a BIPOC poet.
Need-based scholarships awarded to poets of merit with expressed socioeconomic need