Launches Undergraduate Program In Poetry Writing As Part Of English
21, 2001-- The University of Virginia this fall begins
offering an intensive two-year program in poetry writing as a concentration
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
study of poetry and poetry writing has been extremely popular with
our students," said Lisa Russ Spaar, who directs the poetry
program as well as U.Va.s graduate Creative Writing Program.
"We think the poetry 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, plus advanced poetry workshops and two special seminars
designed to increase their understanding of poetry and creative
work. The first seminar offering this fall will be a study of poetry
sequences by such writers as William Blake, Emily Dickinson, William
Shakespeare and John Berryman.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856