Cathy Park Hong

on leave yearlong

BA, Oberlin College. MFA, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Poet; author of Translating Mo’um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002); Dance Dance Revolution (W. W. Norton, 2007), which was chosen for the Barnard New Women’s Poets Series; and Engine Empire (W. W. Norton, 2012). Recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Fulbright grant for South Korea. Work published in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Nation, and Conjunctions, among others; essays and articles published in Village Voice, Guardian, Salon, and Christian Science Monitor. SLC, 2006–

Previous Courses

First-Year Studies: Exploring Voice, Image, and Form in Poetry

Open , FYS—Year

What makes a line? What makes an image? How do you mold a poetic form that best captures the self? Part poetry workshop and part intensive reading and discussion class, we will first explore poetry's traditional foundations of line, image, form, and voice; then, we will learn how to adventurously expand upon the fundamentals. First semester, we will explore voice and its many masks of alter ego, persona, monologue, and apostrophe. We will broaden our ideas on the poetic line by working with a spectrum of forms from sonnets, ghazals, and sestinas to prose poems. To help oil our imaginative rig, we will read William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Lucille Clifton, Ocean Vuong, and others. In the second semester, we will expand upon the poetic foundations that we have learned by reading poets from the avant-garde tradition, such as Gertrude Stein, Charles Olson, Harryette Mullen, and Lyn Hejinian. We will write Ars Poeticas (poems that are about what poems should be or do), collage sound poems, serialized poems, and homophonic translations. In addition, we will develop our critical poetic vocabulary through a series of workshops, reading discussions, and critical assignments. Expect to write a poem per week generated from writing assignments, as well as to read a book a week. At the end of the year, we will revise and gather the poems that we have written and compile our own chapbooks.