Masterclass Poetry Workshop: Jericho Brown

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 1 pm to 3 pm

$89; $80 member
Registration required at shop.aldrichart.org

Poet Jericho Brown, an American Book Award Winner, will host a masterclass workshop in The Studio leading up to an evening reading event.

Jericho Brown helps students generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that keep our ears open and our fingers moving. The workshop engenders new ideas about writing, and as there is a profound relationship between reading poetry and writing it, we participants read, discuss, and even recite the work of several poets whose examples might lead us to a further honing of our craft. The workshop also features exercises for writing the duplex, a form Brown invented that blends the ghazal, the sonnet, and the blues. Each student should bring to class at least fourteen nine to ten syllable lines from past poems that haven’t “worked.” We’ll talk about ways to repurpose good but failed lines in new poems and use the duplex as a catalyst for our conversation.

“There are countless poets of the body, but the body in Brown’s poetry serves as a nexus of the corporeal and conceptual. The ‘body’ of his work isn’t just a physical, individual one; it’s a stand-in for various (flawed) institutions of power and belief: national history, religion, mythology, the justice system.” —The New York Times

Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts,and he is the winner of theWhiting Writer’s Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019). His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review,Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

The Museum will be open to the public until 7 pm this evening.