Episode 8: Beyoncé

Episode 8: Beyoncé

Surprise! Beyoncé did it; now I'm doing it--dropping this episode out of nowhere! This past weekend, Beyoncé released her visual album Lemonade. It features the work of poet Warsan Shire. On this episode, we'll explore how Shire manages to pack a poetic punch while making her poem accessible to all kinds of readers. Plus, Beyoncé. . . 

Episode 7: The Incredible, Vanishing Schoolroom

Episode 7: The Incredible, Vanishing Schoolroom

Black Mountain College: Robert Rauschenberg attended; Josef Albers taught there. So did Willem de Kooning, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham. This Asheville institution was only around for 24 years. What happened? How is it that a school embraced by so many great artists went the way of the dodo? For more information, visit www.wordshop101.com

 

Works Cited

 

Adamic, Louis. “Education on a Mountain,” Harper’s Magazine. April 1936. Online.

Duberman, Martin B. Black Mountain; an Exploration in Community. New York: Dutton, 1972. Print.

Lydon, Christopher. "Black Mountain College: “The Grass-Roots of Democracy”." Open Source with Christopher Lydon. N.p., 21 Jan. 2016. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. http://radioopensource.org/black-mountain-college/

Molesworth, Helen Anne, and Ruth Erickson. Leap before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015. Print.

Rice, John Andrew. I Came out of the Eighteenth Century. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1942. Print.

 

Music:

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Height_With_Friends/

https://musopen.org/music/2766/camille-saint-saens/danse-macabre-op-40/

https://musopen.org/music/1877/edvard-grieg/peer-gynt-suite-no-1-op-46/

https://musopen.org/music/190/pyotr-ilyich-tchaikovsky/1812-overture-op-49/

 

Samples

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-anni-albers-12134

https://archive.org/details/Ed_Dorn_class_part_22_June_1977_77P004_888


 

Episode 6: Four-Legged Girl

Episode 6: Four-Legged Girl

How do we arm ourselves against adversity when no one has shown us how? Is it possible to glean anything besides grief in loss? These are just some of the questions that Diane Seuss explores in latest collection of poems, Four-Legged Girl. Join me for this review-edition of the Wordshop 101 podcast as I reflect on reading Seuss's excellent book. 

 

Episode 5: Writer's Block

Episode 5: Writer's Block

Writer's block is a phenomenon that every writer undergoes. It can seem crippling, interminable, and can transform a writer's confidence into self-loathing. Why do people get writer's block? Are there strategies to counter it? On this episode of the Workshop 101 podcast, we look at what it feels like to have writer's block and how to overcome it.

Episode 4: Ezra Pound, Pt. 2

Episode 4: Ezra Pound, Pt. 2

Midway through Ezra Pound's career, there is a noticeable shift in focus. He turns his attention from strictly literary criticism and poetry to social and political topics, specifically economics and fascism. What prompts this shift? How does it affect his poetry? On the second of two episodes on Pound, we investigate these changes and discuss Pound's turn to Italian fascism, as well as the development of his life's work, The Cantos.

 

Episode 3: Ezra Pound, Pt. 1

Episode 3: Ezra Pound, Pt. 1

All of the following things are true about Ezra Pound: he was a poet, a critic, a champion of Modernist literature, a convicted traitor, and a fascist. But if Modernism has taught us anything, it's that every layer of one's identity or history is but one of a complex system of experiences and beliefs.

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Episode 2: Pulp Diction

Episode 2: Pulp Diction

The English language contains a beautiful combination of sounds, spellings, pronunciations, and history. Some of these features might trip up or frustrate the English-language learner or even the native English speaker. But as a writer, all of these layers of complication provide a range of possibilities when constructing tone and feeling in a sentence.

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Episode 1: The Naked Line

Episode 1: The Naked Line

Long lines, fat lines, short lines, stout lines--today's episode is all about lines! But not just any kind of line: the poetic kind--the kind that shapes the way we experience a poem. And oh, how I will miss them as a I write fiction. . .

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Crafts & Crafts

Craft service plays a key role in a movie, albeit off-screen and only credited in the tiny print at the end of the credit roll. They provide food and refreshment. All of the movie greats turned to craft service when they needed to fuel up for a long day of shooting. Craft service is really the foundation of any well-made film. Without it, your movie simply doesn't happen. 

And so, too, can be said about literary CRAFT. I'm talking syntax, diction, line length, stanza length, conflict, plot, metaphor--the building blocks of all good sentences, and in turn, all great stories. Craft Services at Wordshop 101 will explore and provide your daily diet of craft elements, your literary breakfast. Make sure to stay tuned for conversations about the very things that make sentences, paragraphs, poems, and stories worth reading.