Charles Itzin

Adjunct Instructor


321 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2018
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
11:30 - 12:30
or by appointment

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.

Classes taught


CRW 205/820 MWF 8:00-8:55 322 Marano CC
CRW 305/800 MWF 10:20-11:15 306 Marano CC

CRW 205 POETRY WRITING: INTRODUCTORY-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 POETRY WRITING: INTERMEDIATE-In CRW 305, an intermediate poetry workshop, students write, revise, and critique a number of poems during the semester.  In addition, students will read and discuss several single-author collections and related essays to explore and experiment with multiple poetic styles and voices.  A final portfolio of revised poetry is required.  CRW 205 is a prerequisite for this course.