Master Class: Poetry Remix with F. Douglas Brown

Master Class: Poetry Remix Craft Session

Master Class: Poetry Remix with F. Douglas Brown

Poets will be asked to focus on the Bop and Contrapuntal, as a means to revisit, reignite, and remix an old or failed piece of writing. The Bop, a form created by poet Afaa Weaver, employs musical lyrics as refrains to deliver a haunting yet choral chat to break up a narrative into three separate parts. The Contrapuntal, which is read in three directions, uses opposing sides that speak against and towards an end. It is part speech and part conversation, but all poetic. Participants are asked to bring one or two poems that have yet to be finished or fully realized, in an effort to ignite the possibilities of each piece. As participants "remix" each draft, the two forms will bring new life and musicality to their work.

Four sessions
Thursdays, May 5 through May 26, 2016
Location: Beverly Hills
7 pm to 9:30 pm


F. Douglas Brown of Los Angeles is the author of Zero to Three (University of Georgia Press), which received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Mr. Brown, an educator for over twenty years, teaches English at Loyola High School. He holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. His poems have appeared in a number of journals and magazines, most recently The Virginia Quarterly, The Bat City Review, and San Pedro River Review. Mr. Brown was featured in Poets and Writers Magazine as one of their Debut Poets of 2014. Visit for more information.

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