Thursdays, June 27, July 11 and 18, 2024, 5:00PM-7:00PM in the Poetry Center's Conference Room.

What is a book? To mangle William Carlos Williams, let’s define a book as a small or large machine made of paper. Students will make six such machines, ranging from a simple 3-hole one-signature chapbook, to a multiple-signature coptic-sewn binding. In between: one butterfly 4-needle sewn book, one two-signature doubled booklet, one Asian side-stitched book, and one leporello accordion book. All but the latter are non-adhesive bindings. If we have time, we’ll choose either another book form, or work independently on decorating books in various ways. A book is also a multiple picture-plane that is a container and conveyor of information and ideas, and all of these forms are adaptable for use in literary, visual, or mixed-genre projects. Let’s get bookish!

The course cost includes a $40 materials fee; students will be able to keep individual tools purchased with the fee for future use.


Tuesday, August 6th, 2024, 5:00PM-7:00PM in the Poetry Center's Alumni Room.

Haiku is the art of friction and surprise, especially when it is used to cap a Haibun, that mix of prose and haiku invented by the 17th Century Japanese poet Basho. In this generative workshop, we will begin by talking about surprise in poems, with an assist from sample poems, and look at how the classical Haiku poets created it. Then, we will move into some poetry play designed to loosen us up and bring more surprise to the poems we write. My hope is that participants will come away refreshed and interested in generating new poems of any kind with zest. The workshop will end with a round of Japanese Renga, collaborative poetry play of the classical haiku poets.

University of Arizona Poetry Center