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Master Class: Cinematic Movement
Fri, April 7, 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
With Van Jordan.
This is a class not only on the craft of writing but also the craft of thinking visually about writing. On a craft level, we will explore film and examine ways in which artistic problems can be solved on a visual level, and, ultimately, translated into the forms and craft of poetry. At the same time, we will examine ways in which the disciplines of poetry and film can inform each other. This is a class for those who want to write better poems, but it’s also a class for those who want to know more about film. We will discuss scenes from the films Psycho and The Untouchables and poems by Lynda Hull, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Robert Hayden.
A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (Tia Chucha Press, 2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times; Quantum Lyrics, (2007); and The Cineaste, (2013), W.W. Norton & Co. Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award (2004), an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (2005), and a Pushcart Prize (2007). He is also the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), a United States Artists Fellowship (2009), and the Lannan Literary Award in Poetry (2015).
Jordan has taught at a number of academic institutions including the University of North Carolina Greensboro, The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; he currently serves on faculty at Warren Wilson College and as the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.