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Wild Words


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About the Course

In this class, we will experiment with a variety of poetry forms (and formlessness), including found poetry, concrete poetry, prose poetry, erasure poems, hybrid writing, list poems, rants, and manifestos. We will end the week creating an anthology of the week’s work, but will compile, design and publish this book (and enough copies for other campers) ourselves, in-house, hoping to avoid a trip to FedEx in Troutdale. We will look at the classic work of ee cummings, Gertrude Stein, Jorge Luis Borges, Kurt Vonnegut, Milan Kundera, Czeslaw Milosz, Kathy Acker, Charles Simic, and many others, as well as Maira Kalman, because I love her hybrid work.

Your Instructor

Leanne Grabel

Leanne Grabel

Leanne Grabel is a writer, illustrator & retired special education teacher who is in love with mixing genres and turning the hard topics of life into entertainment. She has written & produced numerous multi-media shows, including “The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression” and “Anger: The Musical.” Grabel's graphic memoir, Brontosaurus Illustrated, was published by The Opiate Books in 2022. My Husband's Eyebrows, a collection of illustrated prose poems, was published by Poetry Box in 2022. Grabel is the 2020 recipient of the Bread & Roses Award for contributions to women's literature in the Pacific Northwest. She was also a member of ArtLab 2023 [] for which she developed an illustrated comic monologue and chapbook on aging "Old With Jokes."

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