a handful of courses teaching my book this coming school year…one of which is English 273: Creative Writing and Literature at Univ Hawaii Manoa, taught by prof susan schultz. here’s what she says on her blog:
“August is the month to spread the syllabic seeds, plan courses, set forth expectations, say no to cell phones, ipods, and texting in class. The syllabus is map to an undiscovered place–not a new continent, but the place you live in already whose details are still hidden. It points, like my son pointing at a bird. But that’s why it’s a scary thing. For me, the syllabus sets forth the promise of what books and poems can do for a (usually timid) reader; for the student, the syllabus is a mix of possibility and danger (how many tardies do an absence make?) I’ll be teaching two courses this Fall, English 273: Creative Writing & Literature, and English 410: Form & Theory of Poetry. The first is an introductory course of recent vintage; I like this course because it institutionalizes the way I like to teach anyway, mixing reading and writing in equal measure. This Spring I taught it with an emphasis on documentary writing, including C.D. Wright’s, One Big Self, about Louisiana prisons and Lisa Linn Kanae’s Sista Tongue. This semester we’ll read Eleni Sikelianos’s The Book of Jon. We will also be studying and riffing off books by Craig Santos Perez, Kamau Brathwaite, Joe Brainard. And we’ll begin by reading and writing haiku, poems wedded to the tangible world. The other course is upper level; in it, students think about writing as they do it. So I’ve put Lofty Dogmas on the reading list for its essays by poets on poetry. And, for the first time in over a decade, I’ll be teaching Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris’s Volume 1 of Poems for the Millennium. It’s still my favorite of their anthologies. I’ve posted drafts of my syllabi here and will be refining them over the next few days.”
do check out the syllabi–pretty cool stuff! i look forward to blogging with her class in november! and, if you are not subscribed to her blog yet, you must do so here.