The IPRC's Poetry track is one of the most innovative creative writing programs in the country, featuring the unique combination of graduate-level writing workshops plus intensive training in Book Arts, graphic design, digital publishing and more.
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Poet & Member of the IPRC Board of Directors
"I did the program last year (finished in May 2011), and I can honestly say it was one of the best things I've ever done for myself. I have written poetry casually for years, but never studied creative writing and never attempted to publish. BT is an extraordinary and compelling instructor. She's endlessly funny and can be quite demanding when she believes you could be doing more/delving deeper. When the program ended, I said with absolute honesty that I wished I could keep doing it for another year. Instead, I joined IPRC's Board of Directors."
Fall Semester 2014:
- Core Poetry Workshop with instructor Emily Kendal Frey. Will meet once a week for 2-3 hours.
- Past guest lectures have been with Matthew Dickman, B.T. Shaw, Carl Adamschick, Kaia Sand and others.
Spring Semester 2015:
- Intensive workshop in self-publishing, bookbinding and book arts with Michael D'Allesandro. Will meet once a week for 2-3 hours. Final product will be a chapbook collection of poetry, self-published and perfect-bound at the IPRC.
Spring Semester for Poetry will also include:
- Intro + Advanced letterpress workshops
- Broadside workshop
- Beginning and Advanced InDesign instruction
- E-Book design and publication with Natalie Guidry
- Webdesign + social media instruction
- Perfect-binding machine workshop
*Note: This schedule is subject to change
Instructor and Past Guest Lecturer Bios
Emily Kendal Frey is the author of the full-length poetry Collection The Grief Performance (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), selected by Rae Armantrout for CSU's 2010 First Book Prize; the book also won the Poetry Society of America's 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award. She has also authored the chapbooks Frances (Poor Claudia, 2010), The New Planet (Mindmade Books, 2010), and Airport (Blue Hour, 2009); as well as contributed to three chapbook collaborations. Frey received her B.A. from The Colorado College and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. She lives in Portland.
Michael D'Alessandro is a writer, small press publisher and editor. He edits the semiannual literary journal swap/concessions, and is the founder of bedouin books, which publishes emerging writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry with a focus on hand bound books in letterpressed covers. He has been published in various journals and is the author of two books of poetry. He teaches workshops in letterpress printing at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, and poetry at Em-Space Book Arts Center, also in Portland. In 2008 he graduated from Naropa University with an MFA in creative writing. He lives in NW Portland.
Matthew Dickman (Past Guest Lecturer) is the author of two chapbooks, Amigos and Something about a Black Scarf. His first book, All-American Poem, was winner of the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry, published by American Poetry Review and distributed by Copper Canyon Press He was also winner of the 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for that book, and the inaugural May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work has appeared in Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review, AGNI Online, The Missouri Review and The New Yorker.
Kaia Sand (Past Guest Lecturer) is the author of a poetry collection, interval (Edge Books 2004), a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year, and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press 2008), and she has created several chapbooks through the Dusie Kollektiv. Her poems lotto and tiny arctic ice comprise the text of two books in Jim Dine's Hot Dreams series (52 Books 2008). She lives in Portland, Oregon, with Jules Boykoff and their daughter, Jessica.