Poetry Discussion Lecture Series set for June 19-21

The second poetry lecture in the Spalding MFA Alumni Association’s Lecture Discussion Series is Greg Pape’s Spring 2007 lecture Shaping the Poem-Notes on Analogue Form, Origins, Connections & Juxtapositions.

This is an online, peer-based discussion. All Spalding MFA graduates are welcome and invited to participate in any of the discussions regardless of their genre.

You must have a Google account in order to participate. The discussions will take place using a private blog on Google Blogger. Therefore, you must have a Google account in order to participate, because only those Google accounts who have also been invited will be able to view and comment on the blog.

Registration is required. To sign up, send an email to spalding.mfa.alum.poetry@gmail.com. Include your name, the year you graduated from Spalding, and your graduation genre(s). After you register, you will receive a confirmation email within three days that will contain additional information such as how to access the discussion blog and instructions on creating a Google account if needed.

Access to Materials

A blog post has been created on the Alumni Association Poetry Discussion private blog for this lecture. It contains links to the audio of the lecture, handouts, and other supplemental materials. You’ll have access to the blog post with these materials prior to the discussion period so that you have time to delve into the discussion materials.

Discussion Period

The discussion takes place online over a three-day period, Friday through Sunday, June 19-21. Please feel free to enter the discussion at any point during this time. While there will be three or four discussions questions to prime the pump, you don’t have to address those questions. You may discuss any topic you wish from the lecture, handout, or supplemental materials. Comments will be disabled after the discussion period ends.

Poetry-lecture dates for 2015: Feb 20-22, Jun 19-21, and Oct 23-25.

What is the Lecture Discussion Series?

The Lecture Discussion Series is a service offered by the Spalding MFA Alumni Association in support of our writing lives. The lecture discussions feature lectures by one of Spalding’s faculty that were recorded during a previous residency. Participants will have access to the lecture audio and other materials in advance of a three-day discussion period. Discussions take place online, at the convenience of the participant. While there will be a series for each genre, the pilot genre is POETRY. Each series might run a bit differently from the others.

Discussion moderator

The moderator for the Poetry Lecture Discussions is Nancy Chen Long, 2012 graduate in poetry. She handles registration, preparing the discussion blog post, ensuring the faculty-member’s lecture materials are available, finding supplemental materials, offering starter-questions that you are welcome to address if they interest you, and moderating the discussion as needed.

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