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Reading Contemporary Poetry - January 2023

Join Marion and Barbara to discuss books by three contemporary masters: Victoria Chang, B.H. Fairchild, and Carolyn Forché.

First, we’ll examine how Chang uses the form of a newspaper obituary to express losses of people and things in her book, Obit. Next, we’ll move to Fairchild’s The Art of the Lathe and explore his deft use of concrete, sensory images to describe the working life. And finally, we’ll turn to Pulitzer winner, Carolyn Forché’s In the Lateness of the World, and discover her ability to write about personal and historical memory in a visionary style.

No matter how familiar you are with poetry, we invite you to an open and welcoming conversation. Every session will offer several generative prompts based on the topics and poetic style exemplified by each of the three books.

Instructor: Marion Starling Boyer’s Ice Hours was selected for the 2021 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, to be released January 2023 from Michigan State University Press. She is author of The Sea Was Never FarThe Clock of the Long Now, and Composing the Rain, winner of Grayson Books’ Chapbook competition.  Her work’s been nominated for Pushcarts, the Lenore Marshall Award, and “Best of the Net.” A professor emeritus for Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Boyer conducts workshops for Lit Cleveland and Lit Youngstown. She lives in Twinsburg, which hosts the world record gathering of twins every summer. For more link to

Barbara Sabol’s fifth collection, core & all: haiku and senryu, was published by Bird Dog Press in 2022. She is the associate editor of Sheila-Na-Gig online, and is the editor of the anthology, Sharing this Delicate Bread: Selections from Sheila-Na-Gig online (2016-2021). Barbara’s honors include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and the Mary Jean Irion Poetry Prize. Her work has received both Pushcart and Touchstone award nominations. She conducts poetry workshops for community literary organizations. Barbara lives in Akron, OH with her husband and wonder dogs.


Details: Reading Contemporary Poetry - January 2023 takes place Tuesdays January 10, January 24, and February 7 from 1-3pm remotely through Zoom.

Genre: Poetry

Level: All experience levels welcome.

Format: Literary analysis and discussion with generative writing outside of class.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 15 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative poetry workshop.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email


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