Furious Flower

Facing It: The Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa - legacy seminar

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 7:00 PM - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:00 PM

James Madison University
Festival Student & Conference Center
Summer 2017 | On-campus housing available

Spend the week with this Pulitzer prize winner

Yusef Komunyakaa

For college professors, high school teachers, writers, and other scholars in related fields: Increase diversity in your curricula, get concrete tools and materials, and embark on intensive study—all with direct, extended access to this renowned poet. Join us for in-depth analytical and critical exploration, impromptu discussion, collegial connections, innovative lesson plans, and inclusive teaching strategies.

This seminar celebrates and investigates the work of Yusef Komunyakaa, whose career has been marked by creative distinction and critical acclaim, with the poet himself alongside critics, poets, and other scholars. We take its title from his most famous poem, “Facing It,” which is emblematic of Komunyakaa’s style and known for its musicality, muscularity, and fine attention to craft. 

Through daily interactions and targeted instruction—which provide you with the opportunity to ask questions, open dialogues, and create multiple levels of engagement—we intend to demystify the poet and his poems; provide smart, accessible ways that others have thought about poetry; and share ideas, strategies and material for teaching this poet in the classroom.

If you need an accommodation related to a disability or condition please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure that we are able to best meet your needs. You can email or call Karen Risch Mott: rischmke@jmu.edu or 540-568-8883.

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Download the pedagogical paper template (Microsoft Word).

Download Dr. Mary Beth Cancienne’s PowerPoint on Rosenblatt's “Most Important Word”

Download Karen Risch Mott’s PowerPoint on how poetry engages language learners

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This program is funded in part by generous support from 

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