Reading Poems: Place, Magic, Persona

Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning Short Course

Wednesdays - Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, 3:00-4:00pm EDT

Reading Poems: Place, Magic, Persona

Taught by Nancy Reddy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Writing and First-year Studiesnancy reddy

In this short course, we’ll read a wide variety of contemporary poems and talk through strategies for reading and enjoying poetry. The course will examine how poets get their ideas, and we’ll consider three approaches: writing about place, writing about magic and transformation, and writing through the perspective of mythological figures or famous people. Whether you already read and love poetry, or if you find poetry intriguing and perhaps a bit intimidating, you’ll find new poems to enjoy.

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series, and Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg ReviewPleiadesBlackbirdColorado ReviewThe Iowa ReviewSmartish Pace, and elsewhere, and her essays have appeared most recently in Electric LiteratureThe Adroit Journal, and Motherfigure. The recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she is an Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year Studies at Stockton University. 

* Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learnng is partially underwritten through the generous support of the Southern New Jersey Council on Issues of Aging Endowment Fund and the Frances Leonilda Acerra Christopher Endowment Fund of the Stockton Foundation.

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