writing added to English major
University is offering an intensive two-year parogram in poetry
writing this fall as one of the concentrations for English majors.
new program will allow talented undergraduate writers to pursue
serious study of the craft of poetry as part of the English
major and to work with several well-known poets who teach at U.Va.
Enrollment is limited to approximately 16 students selected in
a competitive process.
study of poetry and poetry writing has been extremely popular
with our students, said Lisa Russ Spaar, who directs the
program and also is director of U.Va.s graduate Creative
Writing Program. We think the program will be both a good
way to study literature and to develop as a young writer.
addition to Spaar, other U.Va. poets with whom students may study
include Stephen Cushman, Gregory Orr, Debra Nystrom and Pulitzer
Prize-winners Rita Dove and Charles Wright.
in the program must take 30 hours of upper-level English literature
courses, as well as advanced poetry workshops and two special
seminars designed to increase their understanding of poetry and
creative work. The first seminar offered this fall will be a study
of poetry sequences by such writers as William Blake, Emily Dickinson,
William Shakespeare and John Berryman.