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Charles was born and raised in Iowa. He received his BA from the University of Iowa and was a member of the Undergraduate Writer's Workshop. He received an MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. He has had a lengthy career outside of academia which includes newspaper editor, community organizer (VISTA and Peace Corps), poet-in-the-schools, language school principal (Colombia) and owner/operator of student travel company in Venice, California. Charles has work published in a number of journals including New Letters, The Massachusetts Review, The Northwest Review, and The Sou'wester to mention a few.
Fall 2016 Courses
|CRW 205/820||MWF||8:00-8:55||322 Marano CC|
|CRW 305-800||MWF||10:20-11:15||322 Marano CC|
CRW 205/820-CRW 205 is an introductory course in the fine art of reading and writing poetry, with an emphasis on the latter. Since reading and writing poetry are reciprocal activities, students will read a variety of poetry voices and styles with a critical eye on “how” and “how well” they are written and how this can be used in their own writing. The course will discuss ideas for generating poems, the vocabulary to discuss them in a workshop setting, and revision techniques.
CRW 305/800-The core of CRW 305 is the writing workshop, featuring poems by each student. In addition to extensive writing, revising, and critiquing, students read and discuss several single-author collections of poetry and selected craft essays that encourage experimentation with a variety of poetic styles. We’ll also continue to consider what it means to be a literary citizen, both within and beyond the classroom. A final portfolio of revised poetry will be required.