- Course Number: ENGL 107
- Catalog Course Entry: ENG 107
- Quarter: Spring 2023
“Who will show me myself?” was a question posed by an anonymous writer that poet Mari Evans attempted to answer in her own work as producer and director on her 1970s TV show The Black Experience. This same question will be our huge reflector for exposing what work in-progress does, feels like, and means. Your work begins with the worker, begins with you as responsive as you can be. The worker, then, becomes the huge poetic metaphor like the drifting ghost ship on stage or on the page comes to mean a “harbinger of doom” that grossly exaggerates its skeletons. Skeletons, that bone by bone, are the prima materia from everyday life that show up in your work, from project to project. The bones of your work. Of course, everything cannot fit in a project but everything shows some part of you to you. Who or what “will show me myself” felt like a genuine question to frame writing’s artifice and artifact. As such, we will be working with fiction, non-fiction, essay, poetry, graphic novels, and music alongside our own writing. Non-fiction will help you improve your (self-)critiquing process. Poetry will help you improve your attention to language. Image-text will help you conceptualize your body of work from the course and beyond. With successful writing comes inspired assigned readings. Workshopping, writing, and reading.