James Hoch

Hoch's poems have appeared in The New Republic, Washington Post, Slate, Chronicle Review of Higher Education, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other magazines. His books are A Parade of Hands and Miscreants. He has received fellowships from the NEA, Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers conferences, St. Albans School for Boys, and Summer Literary Seminars. Currently, he is professor of Creative Writing at Ramapo College of New Jersey and a member of the guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. SLC, 2012–

Graduate Courses

Writing 2017-2018

Poetry Craft: Kitchen Sink

Craft—Spring

This craft class will be a both a conceptual and and an exercise-driven romp through some of the more vexing, but healthy, dichotomies in modern and contemporary poetry: Intensity and intimacy/line and syntax/emotion and tone/speech and writing/lyric and narrative/voice and vocal acuity/address and angles of address/opening and closing/description and perception/craft and art. In each session, we will be bicameral: part lecture and discussion-based, part exercise, workshop and play. We will explore the mechanics and thinking behind some of these forces that shape how poems move, develop, and generate themselves.

Faculty

Previous Courses

Poetry Workshop: The Art of the Line and The Body That is Form

Open , Seminar—Fall

This course focuses on the craft of writing poetry. Students will engage in an intensive pursuit of finding the finest form that their poems can embrace. We will be driven by the usual concerns and obsessions that occupy the writing of poems (imagination, craft, revision, content, etc.) but will also delve into fundamental questions regarding the history and conceptualization of form and the poetic line. We will draw distinctions between line and sentence, speech and writing, shape and body, rendering and enactment, description and perception, disembodiment and incarnation, and rhetoric and music.

Faculty

Poetry Workshop: The Art of the Line and The Body That is Form

Open , Seminar—Spring

This course focuses on the craft of writing poetry. Students will engage in an intensive pursuit of finding the finest form that their poems can embrace. We will be driven by the usual concerns and obsessions that occupy the writing of poems (imagination, craft, revision, content, etc.) but will also delve into fundamental questions regarding the history and conceptualization of form and the poetic line. We will draw distinctions between line and sentence, speech and writing, shape and body, rendering and enactment, description and perception, disembodiment and incarnation, and rhetoric and music.

Faculty

Poetry Workshop: Find Me A Body From Which My Soul Can Sing

Workshop—Fall

This course focuses on the craft of writing poetry. Students will engage in an intensive pursuit of finding the finest form that their poems can embrace. We will be driven by the usual concerns and obsessions that occupy the writing of poems (imagination, craft, revision, content, etc.) but will delve into fundamental questions regarding the history and conceptualization of form and the poetic line. We will draw distinctions between line and sentence, speech and writing, shape and body, rendering and enactment, description and perception, disembodiment and incarnation, rhetoric and music.

Faculty