Courses & Faculty

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

This primary workshop meets each morning from 10 to 12.

In this poetry workshop, students will read and discuss a variety of contemporary poems that reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of poetry today. Using the poems and discussion as a springboard, students will participate in in-class writing exercises, guided assignments, and work towards developing their own poems using combinations of poetic strategies and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to develop their unique voices through writing and workshopping original pieces. We will embrace the idea that poetry can simultaneously be a fun, inventive, and serious way of engaging with the personal and witnessing the world.

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.