Writing to Different Audiences
Do you find yourself using the same kind of voice in poem after poem, writing with the same vague sense of audience? In this workshop, students will work on writing poems to different audiences, trying out a new rhetorical approach each week. Assignments will include writing a poem to seduce a lover; a comic ode celebrating something mundane; an anti-ode bashing an enemy; a how-to poem; and a conversation poem with a non-human speaker. In the process students will learn to write with greater tonal variety from poem to poem and connect with their audience more clearly. Readings will include poems by Donne, Marvell, Byron, Keats, Neruda, Mayakovsky, Kenneth Koch, May Swenson, Dean Young, Barbara Hamby and Melissa Broder, among others.
Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine, Jason Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He is the author of America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. He earned his BA in English from Yale, his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston and his PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute, he has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including the Yale Review, Missouri Review and Village Voice. He is an assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University and lives in Williamsburg.