Types of Creative Writing

Poetry & Spoken Word with No’u Revilla

I keep thinking how my life would have been changed if I’d known earlier about this second throat, this poetry, this alternate way of processing my life. I want people to look at me and say, ”I can do that.”  I want them to see that words can be fists, flowers, tears, screams, prayers, and apologies.”

                         — Patricia Smith

Course Description

Poetry belongs in the body. Our bodies deserve to be seen, heard, and valued. In this course, we will study, write, and perform poetry. Whether you are a beginning or practiced writer, this course will allow you to develop your creative writing skills, explore your voice, and participate in a creative community with regular and reliable feedback.


Required Course Texts

  • Amorak  Huey and W. Todd Kaneko. Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (ISBN: 978-1-350-02015-3)
  • Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate Marshall, editors, The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (ISBN: 978-1-60846-395-4)


Major Assignments

  • Weekly drafts of original writing
  • Regular contributions to Laulima discussion forum
  • Two revision statements
  • Review of spoken word performance
  • Group Podcast midterm
  • Group Performance
  • Individual Performance
  • Multimedia Portfolio