In a world where disability is often excluded from participation, what can the intersections of art and illness teach us about imagining better and more inclusive futures?
This free introduction to the segment of disability poetics that centers living with major mental illness will cover the aesthetics, craft, and ideas associated with Schizo-poetics.
You will read about and discuss the physiology and pathology of Schizophrenia, poems from people living with the Schizophrenias, and assess craft elements in the pieces and how they relate to and communicate the illness.
Course curriculum includes poems from Jake Bailey, Kamden Hilliard, John Berryman, Richard Brautigan, Emile Nelligan, Uuno Kailas, and Rob Colgate.
Instructor: J. David is a Ukrainian-American writer and laboratory geneticist from Cleveland, Ohio. Their debut chapbook Hibernation Highway was released in 2020 from Madhouse Press. They are a Baldwin House fellow and member of the Sad Kid's Superhero Collective as well as Editor-in-Chief for Flypaper Magazine and chief poetry critic for the Cleveland Review of Books; their work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Harvard Review, Colorado Review, Salt Hill, Redivider, The Rumpus, Passages North, The Journal, Muzzle Magazine, and others.