In this workshop, we will use the work of poets like Eboni Hogan, Marwa Helal, Morgan Parker, and Juan Felipe Herrera to examine the relationship between poetry and music. How can we learn to write an anthem for the good days? An angry fist of a poem? A blues poem that has some bounce to it? We'll also turn to music to see how musicians play with tone to make songs that soundtrack our lives.
This class is taught by José Olivarez. José is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.