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U.Va. Launches Undergraduate Program In Poetry Writing As Part Of English Major

August 21, 2001-- The University of Virginia this fall begins offering an intensive two-year program in poetry writing as a concentration for English majors.

The 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.

"The 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."

In 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.

Students 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.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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