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Turn Up That Sound + Break Up That Line with Faisal Mohyuddin

$65.00 · April 29

In this class, we will be exploring playful ways to enhance the sonic and musical quality of our poems, and examine how and why poets make particular decisions about line structure, enjambment, and stanzas. We will also discuss how sound elements can guide our decisions about line, and vice versa.

Start Date

April 29

Day(s) of the Week

Monday

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Chicago Studio

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

This workshop focuses on two of the most important (and fun) features of poetry: sound and line. After exploring playful ways to enhance the sonic and musical quality of our poems, we will examine how and why poets make particular decisions about line structure, enjambment, and stanzas. We will also discuss how sound elements can guide our decisions about line, and vice versa.

In addition to reading some sample poems (by poets such as Kay Ryan, Krista Franklin, Mary Barbara Moore, and Ravi Shankar), we will draft and share our own poems, and consider ways to apply sound and line strategies to our current and future writing projects.

About Faisal Mohyuddin

​​FAISAL MOHYUDDIN is a writer, artist, and educator. The child of immigrants from Pakistan, he is the author of Elsewhere: An Elegy (Next Page Press, 2024) and of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children, (Eyewear, 2018), which won the 2017 Sexton Prize in Poetry, and was selected as a 2018 Summer Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society and named a "highly commended" collection of the year by the Forward Arts Foundation; it went on to receive an Honorable Mention in the Association of Asian American Studies 2020 Book Award for Poetry. Faisal is also the author of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017). His work has received Prairie Schooner's Edward Stanley Award, a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize from the Illinois State Library, and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. His recent work appears in Poetry Magazine, Poet LoreKweli, The Margins, Pleiades, Chicago Quarterly Review, and RHINO. An alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program, Faisal is a graduate of Carleton College, Northwestern University, and Columbia College Chicago. An educator adviser and master practitioner for the global-not-for-profit Narrative 4, he teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and creative writing at the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University. (Author photo by Wendy Alas / @wendyalasphotography)