James Meetze teaches Memoir Poetics
Do you write poetry but are also drawn to memoir?
In this class, we will look at writing that blurs genre-distinctions to produce a creative and factual document, which uses elements of research and essayistic prose while employing poetic devices in its composition. When creative writing is subject to knowledge outside the self and must harness it to meet the demands of such work, it becomes a project of larger scope; it requires research and rules.
Do you have fragments of a life story or essay that you are trying to tell/write? This project might revolve around ancestry or the story of particular human struggle; it might explore technological advancements and the decline of our habitable environment; or it might function as a way to write through the process of learning. Whatever your project’s scope, we will start from a proposal and work toward an open, but pre-defined goal. Your writing can take virtually any form—it might even attempt a form unknown—but it will always bear a poetic sensitivity to its critical inquiry.
James Meetze’s book Dayglo was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and published by Ahsahta Press. He is also the author of I Have Designed This For You (2007), and editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010). The recipient of the 2001 Poet Laureate Award from the University of California, he has taught poetry and creative writing at the University of California, San Diego, California State University, San Marcos, and in the MFA Program at National University. He lives in San Diego with his wife and son.