ESC #47 – Poetry Writing

Title: ESC #47 – Poetry Writing: Finding Voice, Expression and Form

Dates: 2, 3, 5, 6 and 10 of June 2018

Venue: Meeting Room of the English Department

Schedule: 5 pm – 8 pm


Finding voice, expression, form. We will write poems through imitation/combat with canonical poems used as models. We will experiment with metaphor and imagery, song-patterns, reflection, story-telling (and its detours) in poems. We will learn the art and politics of formal verse, and how to find alternative ways of making sense(s) through the use of diverse sources and combinations. Classes will be in English and writing can be in English and / or Portuguese.

Fees: 150€ Regular Fee | 85€ students of School of Arts and Humanities | 120€ faculty staff and other students


David Gewanter is a professor of English at Georgetown University; He is currently director of the Creative Writing Program, and former director of Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.  He is author of four books of poetry: Fort Necessity (Spring 2018), War Bird (2009), The Sleep of Reason (2003), and In the Belly (1997), all published by the University of Chicago Press; and co-editor, with Frank Bidart, of Robert Lowell: Collected Poems (Farrar Straus & Giroux, Faber & Faber, 2003.

Margarida Vale de Gato is a professor and researcher in the School of Arts and Letters of the University of Lisbon, and co-coordinates the American Studies Group of ULICES. She has translated several canonic literary texts of English and French literature into Portuguese (Michaux, Char, Giono, Sarraute, Yeats, Melville, Poe, Kerouac, Murdoch, Marianne Moore) and is the author of the poetry books Lançamento (2016) e Mulher ao Mar (3ª ed., 2018)

Enrolment: Academic Services of the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

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