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Thanks so much to Steve Henn for visiting Kelcey Parker Ervick’s A190 and W206 classes today! He read some poems and showed some of his kids’ awesome illustrations from his new Wolfson Press book, Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year.

Here he is showing off his poetry tour t-shirt: 

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These Surrealist Self-Portraits were made in Kelcey Parker’s A399 Narrative Collage class and displayed in DW 3001 from 1-2:30 on April 29.

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Spring 2013 Course Openings

IUSB Students: If you haven’t yet taken an A190 course, please consider enrolling in David Dodd Lee’s ENG-A190 Poetry and Autobiography.  Mon/Wed 5:30-6:45. (Section 4823)

This is an excellent opportunity to study with an award-winning poet and the editor of the English Department’s 42 Miles Press. The class satisfies the General Education Common Core Arts, Aesthetics, and Creativity requirement that all students need in order to graduate.  It also counts towards the Creative Writing minor.

Please also consider recommending the course to your friends outside of the English Department who secretly wish to become writers instead of accountants. 🙂

Topic: Poetry and Autobiography: The Authenticity of Self in Contemporary Poetry
In this class students will examine their own lives through the prism of “autobiographical” poetry texts (as well as other art forms, including movies, the visual arts, music, etc.) We will examine the idea of poetic “persona” in contemporary poetry by reading various authors, as well as exploring film and visual art, and you will learn through various writing projects, and possibly a visual art project or two, how to determine, in your own autobiographical poems, what you need to do to get the most “truth” out of language through means of concision, music in language, exaggeration, eliminating cliché. The influence of class, gender, and race will all be germane to a deep understanding of how we authentically express and/or build into a complex language construct a representation of the self. You will write imitation poems as well as poems wholly your own. Additionally you will keep a journal of reader responses to the various readings and films, and write 2 short analytical response papers.

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Take advantage of the 25% tuition discount at IUSB, fulfill a General Education requirement, AND get credit toward a Creative Writing Minor with one of the following A190 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity courses taught by Kelcey Parker in Summer I and Margaret Chapman in Summer II:

After Words: Imitating Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

In this class students will try different approaches to creative writing, using a variety of imitation exercises to create poems, prose poems, flash fiction, essays, and graphic narratives. One of the first practices artists learn is imitation, creating pieces “after” an established artist. Imitations are then labeled according to the work they take after: “After Picasso.” We’ll read work in a variety of forms and styles to guide us in shaping our own content and subject matter. Students will submit a portfolio of writing and keep an ongoing journal of their progress.

ENG-A 190 ART, AESTHETICS, & CREATIVITY (3 CR)
               8457      SS1 01:00P-04:15P   MW     DW 1185   Parker K                     
                VT: CREATIVE WRITING: AFTER WORDS
                 CAMPUSWIDE GEN ED COMMON CORE:  ARTS, AESTHETICS, AND
                 CREATIVITY

ENG-A 190 ART, AESTHETICS, & CREATIVITY (3 CR)
               8721      SS2 01:00P-04:15P   MW     DW 1185   Chapman M                     
                VT: IMITATING STORIES AND POEMS
                 CAMPUSWIDE GEN ED COMMON CORE:  ARTS, AESTHETICS, AND
                 CREATIVITY

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Here are some pages from the collage journals of students in Kelcey Parker’s A399 Narrative Collage class:

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