This remote poetry “class” offers a unique opportunity for personal and intimate poetry instruction. Students will work with Brian Tierney one-on-one, via written correspondence over nine weeks, during which students will compile and send one "packet" every three weeks.
Each “packet” will consist of: 1) 3-5 poems for in-depth written feedback from Brian; 2) a small critical engagement with select reading assignments in poetry (which Brian will provide) and which will foster close-reading skills and inform creative practice; and 3) a small “letter” to be addressed to Brian, in which students can discuss their writing and creative life, and pose any relevant questions. Brian will review and respond to these packets in writing, for a total of three packet responses over nine weeks.
This mentorship opportunity is ideal for poets who are craving critical feedback that workshops can provide, but looking for a more comprehensive and focused engagement, where the specific concerns of one’s writing practice and poems can be addressed individually.
Intermediate writers and above recommended.
Brian Tierney is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. He is a graduate of the Bennington College’s MFA Writing Seminars, and holds a BA in English and Journalism, as well as an MA in Literature, from Duquesne University, where he was a teaching fellow and, later, an adjunct instructor in Literature and Composition. Brian’s work has appeared in Kenyon Review, FIELD, Poetry Northwest, Gettysburg Review, Best New Poets, AGNI, The Rumpus, and others. In 2013, Narrative magazine named him among its “30 Below 30” emerging writers.
January 10 – March 14
This is an enthusiastic endorsement for Brian - I'm a long time educator so I know what to look for. Brian is well planned, knowledgeable and reflective. He's sensitive to the class and to individual needs as well as leading us to a wider appreciation of poetry and helping us to feel our way to what 'good' poetry means. He is careful not to get in the way of our individual creative processes nor to be too prescriptive. I recommend him without reservation.