Introductory Poetry

Practice in the original composition of poetry supplemented by the reading and analysis of standard works. Criticism by practicing writers and talented peers encourages the student’s growth as both creator and reader of literature. This class is open to beginning and intermediate students by application.

Reading/Writing assignments:
One manuscript per week is submitted. Reading of other students’ submissions in advance of workshop in which they are to be discussed. Other assigned readings or exercises. 20-75 pages per week.

Other information:
Individual conferences are scheduled at intervals during the semester. There are no exams. Students may begin the Creative Writing Sequence with either CWR 201 or 202.

Application required.



C03 – Erika L. Sánchez
Thursdays, 7:30 – 10:20 p.m.

SPECIAL FOCUS: Exploring the Subconscious

This course will be focused on delving deep into the psyche in order to generate the most provocative and lucid poetry. The class is an invitation to vulnerability, a place to write beyond the margins of the self. We will be engaging with the work of the most dynamic and transgressive poets of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Gertrude Stein, Federico García Lorca, Eileen Myles, Shane McCrae, Sharon Olds, Ai, and Solmaz Sharif. Assignments and in-class exercises will include responses to music, dada prompts, and ekphrastic poems. Students will develop compelling ways to engage with the world around them and enjoy the beauty of language. They will be required to submit manuscripts on a biweekly basis, invent a new poetic form, and thoughtfully and critically respond to one another’s work.



“Freshman issue preview: 21 classes for the Great Class of 2021” |


C01 - Monica Youn

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

C02 - James Richardson

Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

C03 - Erika L. Sánchez

Thursdays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm

C04 - Michael Dickman

Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:50 am

C05 - Susan Wheeler

Mondays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm

C06 - James Richardson

Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

C07 - Susan Wheeler

Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

C08 - Michael Dickman

Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:50 am