Whether the narrative poem is situated in the classical omniscient third person or the lyrical “I,” it has always served as one of the most popular and accessible forms of verse that opens the windows of the world up to more readers than perhaps any other form of poetry. In this workshop we will compare and contrast modern and postmodern narrative stylings that border on flash fiction, and we will generate writing through close reading prompts and editing prompts that take “poetry” to a whole new level. Sharing of generated work will be optional.
This workshop, led by Paul Corman Roberts, will be held at the Joaquin Miller Ranger Station.
Paul Corman-Roberts is the author of four chapbooks and two full-length collections of prose poetry, including Bone Moon Palace from Nomadic Press. He is a four-time nominee for Pushcart, Best of the Web, and the Northern California Book Award. For his MA/MFA Graduate of the New College of California Poetics program, he studied with David Meltzer, Genny Lim, and Neeli Cherkovski. In addition to teaching at SF Creative Writing Institute, he also teaches workshops for the Older Writer’s Lab at the San Francisco Public Library and works in the Oakland Unified School District. He was a founder of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, California and hosts a monthly generative poetry workshop called Muse@11.