Fall 2021

Poetry with Friends

Listed in: English, as ENGL-107

Moodle site: Course


Dan Bernitt (Section 01)
Shayla I. Lawson (Section 01)


This poetry workshop is made for buddies: the ones you build and the ones you bring. Although most poets love to go solo, the contemporary writers we will study in this course prove how writing can be better with friends.

In this course, we will look at contemporary poets who collaborate: to perform, to further their own collections, to create their passion projects. We will look at poetic movements that planted the seed for twenty-first century partnerships and examine contemporary collaborations that prove there’s poetic strength in numbers.

Requirements for this course include a desire to experiment with collaboration. Students are encouraged to register with a friend as a way to begin their writing partnership but will also be paired with a partner or group within the course to write with. Completion of this course will include the creation of two sets of collaborative work. Partners will decide if this means writing individual poems that are in conversation with each other, or writing work collectively. This is a great course for non-majors and good friends.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Fall semester: Professor Lawson and Visiting Lecturer Dan Bernitt. 

If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, Fall 2021