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Foreplay and Climax: How to Start and End a Poem: A Craft Class with Mihaela Moscaliuc (Via Zoom)

September 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Join Mihaela Moscaliuc as she teaches a Master Craft Class on Zoom!

“The Title of a painting is another color on the artist’s palette,” suggested Marcel Duchamp. Have you given your titles short shrift or treated them like an afterthought? Would you like to be more intentional about your titles? Do you find yourself stuck on endings or writing for or toward them in somewhat predictable ways? Are you a bit too pleased or comfortable with your endings? Do you get that gut feeling that the poem hasn’t quite found its ending yet? Join me for an exploration of how titles and endings can serve our work. We will look a range of examples to examine how they function in relation to the rest of the poem and how we might want to experiment in ways that feel right to the poem and to our individual aesthetics. Bring a draft or two to experiment with.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom (Saturday, September 21, 12:30-2:30 PM ET) and will be capped at 20 students. Registrants will receive the Zoom link to the email address they use to register. It will arrive immediately after registration so please check your spam folder if you do not receive it. It will also be sent the day before class as a reminder. Please review the course policies page before registering for any classes. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Mihaela Moscaliuc
is the author of the poetry collections Cemetery Ink (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021),  Immigrant Model (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and Father Dirt (Alice James Books, 2010), translator of Liliana Ursu’s Clay and Star (Etruscan Press, 2019) and Carmelia Leonte’s The Hiss of the Viper (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015), editor of Insane Devotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern (Trinity University Press, 2016), and co-editor (with Michael Waters) of Border Lines: Poems of Migration (Knopf, 2020). In 2023, the Ecuadorian press El Ángel published a collection of her poems in Spanish (Algunos poemas fugitivos) in the translation of Frances Simán. She has published scholarship in the field of Romani Studies, on issues of representation, appropriation, exophony and code-switching, and on the works of Kimiko Hahn, Agha Shahid Ali, and Colum McCann. She is the Translation Editor for
Moscaliuc has received two Glenna Luschei Awards from Prairie Schooner, residency fellowships from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, MacDowell, Rockvale Writers’ Colony, and Le Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland), Dairy Hollow, two Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a Fulbright fellowship to Romania. She is graduate program director and professor of English at Monmouth University (New Jersey) and former poetry & translation faculty in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Drew University (New Jersey). 


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Craft Class MM
$ 130.00
19 available


September 21
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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