The Line in the Landscape – Poetry and Place
Facilitator: Doug Van Gundy
Dates: October 14- November 8, 2019
Class Size: 10
A tomato grown in the sandy soil of Florida doesn’t taste anything like a tomato grown in a West Virginia creek bottom. And the identical variety of grapes grown in France and Australia are required by law to be called by different names, so important is the influence of place. Through a wide-ranging series of prompts, we will generate poems that explore how place figures in memory, shapes our sense of ourselves, and even influences the words we use in our writing. Our individual places: the ones we are from, or we have visited and loved, or that live only in our imaginations will provide the dirt in which these new poems will grow.
Doug Van Gundy directs the low-residency MFA creative writing program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, The Oxford American, Ecotone, Appalachian Heritage, and Poetry Salzburg Review. His first collection of poems, A Life Above Water, is published by Red Hen Press. He is co-editor of the anthology Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Contemporary Writing from West Virginia.