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Poetic Form and Beauty: A Masterclass with James Matthew Wilson

May 1, 2022

Princeton, NJ.

black and silver fountain pen


James Matthew Wilson is the Cullen Foundation Chair in English at the University of St. Thomas—Houston, where he co-founded the MFA program in creative writing.

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Event Overview

Poets and students of poetry: learn from a master at Scala’s masterclass in poetry and poetics.

In this two-hour seminar held as part of Scala’s conference, Art, the Sacred, and the Common Good, 10-12 young poets will receive personalized feedback from poet and critic James Matthew Wilson. Wilson, a widely-published poet and critic, will address issues of form, theme, voice and poetics in each student’s work in order to show students how experienced poets address their particular challenges. Based on an educational style that is common in music and visual arts, Scala’s masterclasses enable the instructor to address actual student work and show how he would address the challenges that students are facing. Every student will receive an individualized reply, critique, and recommendations from Professor Wilson on at least one poem. This is a wonderful opportunity for talented young poets to receive one-on-one mentorship and make a connection with one of America’s most gifted poets.

Participation is free but applications are competitive; please apply no later than April 1st, 2022.