This session will focus on how a single image or brief sequence of objects functions in poetry and prose. Objects create the poem's visual field. They create the context for prose. A singular object can sustain a poem's lyrical movement, drive a story’s plot, or create momentum in an essay. And objects give the writer a way into narrative, providing clues for drafting and revising. In conjunction with writing exercises, we’ll talk about how writers can create effective images and use them to develop and deepen a narrative, in poetry and prose.
Geeta Kothari teaches writing and is the director of the Writing Center. She is also the nonfiction editor of the Kenyon Review and a co-founder of the www.novelworkshop.org. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New England Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. Her essay "If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?" is widely taught in universities and has been reprinted in several anthologies, including Best American Essays. She is the editor of ‘Did My Mama Like to Dance?’ and Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters, and her short story collection, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories will be published in February 2017.
Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including The Apollonia Poems, winner of the Four Lakes Poetry Prize of the University of Wisconsin Press (2017). Vollmer’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry International, The Women’s Review of Books, Agni, Poet Lore, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere. She is a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awardee of the University of Pittsburgh, and Emeritus Professor of English, Pitt Greensburg; currently she teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation.