Creative Writing

Creative Writing: Poetry and Spoken Word

The focus of this course is the craft of writing poetry and performing spoken word, so this is a writing intensive course that places an additional emphasis on presentation. The first half of the semester will be primarily devoted to writing poems with the expectation of revising and polishing them both for page and for performance. The latter will be the focus of the second half of the semester.

We will be doing in class writing and performing exercises, and critiquing workshops.

We will also read and watch poetry to help us get a better grasp of concepts and craft through example. Hopefully, these works will also serve as inspiration for your own writing.

In addition, we will be reading some criticism, because sometimes the best way to begin unpacking a poem/performance is to find out what other people are saying about it. In this class, we will be paying close attention to our relationships with audience, and what types of expectations reside in those kinds alliances. Required texts will be available through the University of Hawaiʻi Bookstore.

Required Texts:

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuff by Ntozake Shange

Migritude by Shailja Patel

Black Blossoms by Rigoberto Gonzalez

the Flayed City by Hari Alluri

Unbearable Splendor by Sun Yung Shin