Ms. DeTiberus arranged for the SOA Creative Writing program to have two fantastic guest poets last week.
Nationally renowned poet and Antioch College MFA Professor, Richard Garcia, visited the 8th grade creative writing class on Friday, April 8. Garcia invited the students to embrace the surrealistic qualities of the prose poem, as well to think about this form as the modern equivalent to fables and parables. He said many of their writing prompts were certifiable and crazy enough to be fine prose poems, and that the work he saw in class was stronger than work he’s seen from college students! Here is his complete bio:
Richard Garcia won the 2016 Press 53 award for his book, Porridge, published in March of 2016. His book, The Other Odyssey, from Dream Horse Press, won the American Poetry Journal Book Award for 2014, and The Chair, from BOA, was published in 2015. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Georgia Review and Spillway, and in anthologies such as The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. He lives in Charleston, S.C. He is on the staff of the Antioch Low Residency MFA in Los Angeles.
Poet and College of Charleston/Murray State University Creative Writing Professor, Gary Jackson, taught and led an inspiring discussion with 6th and 7th Grade Creative Writing majors on Tuesday, April 5th. At this gathering, Jackson presented a lecture about Comic Books and Superheroes in Poetry. He also discussed pop culture in poetry, persona poems, and diction. Here is his complete bio:
Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowship, and an associate poetry editor at Crazyhorse. He currently teaches as an Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and at the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.