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Literary Adaptation: Writing Through Rewriting with Paul Legault

Paul Legault
Date and Time: 
October 13, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
October 20, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
October 27, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
November 3, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
November 10, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
November 17, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
Event Location: 
Stanley Kunitz Conference Room
Admission: 
$325

In this class, each writer will select a classic text to adapt and transform over the course of the six weeks, while engaging with poems based on precursor texts, and the precursors that provoked them. How can writing be a way of reading? How old is the ‘remix’? For inspiration, we’ll discuss Shakespeare rewrites by Jen Bervin, Harryette Mullen, and June Jordan, as well as Jack Spicer’s “Homage to Creeley,” Rod Smith’s “Homage to Homage to Creeley,” and Joshua Ware’s “Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley,” alongside many other literary sequels.

Paul Legault is a Canadian-born poet and editor. His published collections include Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 2 and The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English-to-English Translation of Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems. With Rebecca Wolff, he co-edits Fence Books. He has taught at the University of Virginia, Fordham University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Event Sponsored By: 
Poets House
Event Type: 
Workshops, Master Classes and Residencies
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