Poetry Out Loud Online Class

The Loft is excited to announce a free online learning opportunity as part of our management of Poetry Out Loud for Minnesota. This free online class is intended for teens who are Poetry Out Loud high school participants interested in learning more about the art and craft of poetry.

Register now! Participation is limited to 25 students to allow for students to receive feedback on their writing from a published poet.

Class Details

The class will meet for four weeks starting on Monday, October 23, 2017. Live (online) group conversations about poetry will meet every Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will run through Monday, November 20, 2017. Materials and the session will be available for participants to access until November 20, 2017.

Using selections from the expansive Poetry Out Loud anthology, Loft teaching artist LouAnn Shepard Muhm will demonstrate how to analyze and interpret poetry. The class will focus on different poetry terms and craft techniques, and each week, creative writing exercises will further develop students’ skills writing and reading poetry.The class also invites each participant to write poetry and get professional feedback from Loft teaching artist LouAnn Shepard Muhm. Muhm will give writing prompts related to the terms and techniques of the week, and participants will put their knowledge into action and begin to see poetry from the intimate, creative vantage point of a poet.

LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota. Her poems have appeared in Dust & Fire, The Talking Stick, North Coast Review, Alba, Red River Review, Eclectica, qarrtsiluni, and CALYX, and she was a finalist for the Creekwalker Poetry Prize (2007) and the Late Blooms Postcard Series (2007). Muhm was a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Poetry in 2006 and 2012, and has been featured twice in the What Light poetry series on mnartists.org, sponsored by the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Museum. Her chapbook, Dear Immovable, was published in 2006 by Pudding House Press, and her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass (Loonfeather Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in Poetry.