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Jon Davis | Presenter

Jon Davis is the author of five chapbooks and six full-length poetry collections— Dangerous Amusements, Scrimmage of Appetite, Preliminary Report, Heteronymy: An Anthology, Improbable Creatures, and, most recently, An Amiable Reception for the Acrobat (Grid Books, 2019). Davis also co-translated Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan’s Dayplaces (Tebot Bach, 2017). He has received a Lannan Literary Award, the Lavan Prize, the Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. He taught for 23 years at the Institute of American Indian Arts before founding, in 2013, the IAIA low residency MFA in Creative Writing, which he directed until his retirement in 2018.

Jon is teaching a session on the following topic: 

Stop Making Sense: Disruption and Distraction as Revision Strategies WORKSHOP  - This course will begin with a very focused look at how attending to language and formal matters can unlock the poem’s subject in ways that surprise both the writer and the reader, then continue to explore other approaches to disruption and distraction. The operant theory is that the poet is always walking a tightrope with too much sense on one side of the rope and utter dissolution into nonsense on the other.

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