Full course description

Course Date:

Starts Oct. 16, 2017

Duration:

Ongoing

Commitment:

2 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

None

Description

This interdisciplinary course delves into the geography and poetry of the Cascadia bioregion, exploring the area’s physical landscape, its cultural roots, and the innovative poetry produced there. As a participant, you’ll engage in weekly readings of poems and essays, audio interviews, video presentations, and weekly online discussions guided by key questions and moderated by the instructor.

Much of the work in the course happens during the first four weeks of the course, but the course remains open well beyond that for others to join and participate, and instructors monitor it after the first four weeks and comment on student responses, but it's most lively in the opening four weeks.

Objectives

This course aims to:

  • Deepen participants’ understanding of the innovative trends in poetry composed in the region known as Cascadia, as well as knowledge of the bioregion itself.
  • Connect readers and writers of poetry from Cascadia and around the world.

Course is offered by Cascadia Community College.

Course Instructors

Jared Leising

Jared Leising

Founding Faculty

Jared Leising has taught English at Cascadia College since the school's inception. In 2008 and 2014 he was the recipient of the college's Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Service award.

Jared is also the author of a poetry chapbook, The Widows and Orphans of Winesburg, Ohio and has been a nominee for Seattle Poet Populist, curator for the 2010 Jack Straw Writers Program, and a Scholar for Humanities Washington. Before moving to Seattle, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston.