Love in the Time of Quarantine: An Online Class in Poetry Craft

Love in the Time of Quarantine: An Online Class in Poetry Craft
Led by KT Herr

Starting Monday, March 30 from 3-4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host “Love in the Time of Quarantine,” an online weekly poetry craft class led by KT Herr. This class will include readings, discussion, and writing. All are welcome! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Mondays at 3pm (3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20). Join one, some, or all sessions. Contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up: ogately@clamsnet.org. Please sign up the Sunday before each class at the latest. KT will send you recommended readings to prepare for class.

This series is free and open to the public!

About the class:
Join us in reading texts by contemporary and living poets touching on some aspect of love; self-love, love of country, love of ancestors, romantic love, communal love. We’ll gather on Zoom to talk about what defines a love poem, and how we can engage the many faces of love as inspiration. Discussion will consist of close-readings and identification of craft elements in each poem. We’ll also read and discuss one craft essay, talk, or interview that ties into some aspect of the poems we discuss. Finally, students will receive a writing prompt for some open writing time at the end of class, after which they may share what they’ve written with the class. I will also offer a take-home prompt as homework for anyone who wishes to continue doing more writing on their own.

About the teacher:
KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others.