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Online: Zoom

Boiling Point: Politics and Poetry

4 Tuesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting August 9th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: Introductory
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

This 4-week course explores how various writers combined poetry and politics, craft and commitment, to fight for a better tomorrow. Readings will include works ranging from the classic epigrams of Ernesto Cardenal, written against the dictator of Nicaragua, to Danez Smith’s literally-groundbreaking explorations of blackness in America, among many others. Each week we will use class discussion and writing activities to explore these authors on a technical level.

Participants may also submit one poem before each class to be briefly discussed at the end of each meeting. 

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.


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Mike Zendejas
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