Courses & Faculty

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

This primary workshop meets each morning from 10 to 12.

This workshop will introduce students to contemporary poems and poets as well as the cross-genre excitement that is living poetry. Through a combination of guided exercises, investigation, and application of classic poetic techniques, we will speak frankly and uncover ways we might approach the world and the mind as texts ripe for exploration. Embracing poet Adrienne Rich's claim that "the moment of change is the only poem," we will locate those surprising changes both within and without ourselves. Musicality, language, and speaking aloud will be emphasized, along with discussion of professional poetry and the writing of original pieces.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellow at Ithaca College in 2014-15, she taught Introduction to Creative Writing and Poetics. The recipient of a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, her publications include poetry and prose in Black Warrior Review, Court Green, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Subtropics, The Journal of Hip Hop Studies, The Atlas Review, ​and more. Her first book But A Storm is Blowing From Paradise is available from Red Hen Press, and her other books, a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press) and personal science (Tupelo Press), are forthcoming.