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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Master Class in Writing with Catherine Wagner November 16-17

Hi bloggos,

We have a fabulous workshop coming up...

Revisionary Trance
with Catherine Wagner
November 16 - 17

On the the first day of this workshop, we'll get down in our heads, our stressed-out infested heads, and learn how to enter trance states through self-hypnosis and soundwork. We won't abandon the stressed-out infestation. We will write poems during and after trance that rely exactly on the language that stresses and infests our heads. The idea is to become Klein bottles that pour language.

The second day will be revisionary. We'll play with the language we generated, separately and collaboratively artificing the free-pour, making chop charts and pop covers till we don't know what the original was, and then we'll see what we have, and we'll have an infestival.


Catherine Wagner is a poet. Her collections include Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012) and three books from Fence: My New Job (2009), Macular Hole (2004), and Miss America(2001). She is currently writing a column on poetry for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and her work has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching, Best American Erotic Poems and elsewhere. She is professor of English at Miami University and lives in Oxford, Ohio with her son Ambrose.

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