Hybrid Poetics and Narratives

COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017

  • Mingle images and texts to break open narrative desires.
  • Explore the intimate relationship between images and narratives.
  • Learn to play with photographs and stories.
  • Write, design, and create a chapbook of your work.
  • Experiment with photography and narratives.
  • Invent creative intersections between image, prose, and poetry.
  • This course will culminate in a public reading of student work and a printed chapbook.

undergrad: ENGL 420/3 units
graduate: ENGL 620/3 units


All writers (memoirists, fiction writers, poets) interested in experimenting in playful ways with narrative forms, photographic images or drawings, and desires are encouraged to apply. Students who enjoy blending and interrupting genres and forms. Writers who blend poetry with prose, who allow photographs/drawings to fall into their narratives. Students who want to break the boundaries of the page and to disobey old teachers who urged them to conform. Writers who enjoy or need to break every rule in order to make their stories visible and heard.

1) Submit a letter of interest and 3-5 pages of recent writing.
2) Upload the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form by May 1, 2017.

Professor Doug Rice


Joshua Edwardswww.architechturefortravelers.org, www.castlesislands.com
Joshua Edwards directs Canarium Books. He is the author of four collections of poetry: Castles and Islands, Architecture for Travelers, Imperial Nostalgias, and Campeche (with photographs by his father, Van Edwards), and a photobook, Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa. He also translated Maria Baranda’s book-length poem, Ficticia. Joshua’s photography has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Rice University (FotoFest), Galveston Artist Residency, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Marfa Book Company. He has received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright-Garcia Robles Program, University of Michigan, Stanford University, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and elsewhere.

Janice Leewww.janicel.com
Janice Lee is most recently the author of Damnation, Reconsolidation, and The Sky Isn’t Blue. She is Editor of the #RECURRENT series, Assistant Editor at Fanzine, Executive Editor of Entropy, and CEO/Founder of POTG Design.

Stephanie Sauerwww.stephaniesauer.com
Stephanie Sauer is an interdisciplinary artist and the author of The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force. Her writing and artist books have appeared in Verse Daily, So To Speak, Alimentum, Alehouse Press, Boom: A Journal of California, Lady’s Comics, and Plastique Press. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, a So To Speak Hybrid Book Award, two Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission grants, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fellowship in Writing. Her visual works have been exhibited at the De Young Museum, New York City’s Center for Book Arts, and Fábrica Behring, and are held in the permanent collections of the National Library of Baghdad, Chicago Cultural Center, and various universities. She is the founding editor of Copilot Press and co-founding editor of A Bolha Editora, an in-translation press with headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Ricardo Cortez Cruz
Ricardo Cortez Cruz is a dreamer who continues to work on the creation of a new black avant-garde aesthetic. He is the author of Straight Outta Compton (winner of the 1992 Charles H. and N. Mildred Nilon Excellence in Minority Fiction Award, and picked by The Nation as one of the year’s best books), and Five Days of BleedingPremature Autopsies: Tales of Darkest America is his novel-in-progress. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Fiction International, African-American Review, Urban Reinventors, Crab Orchard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Obsidian II, Postmodern Culture, Step Into A WorldNot GuiltyProofread or Die!, Litscapes, and The African World in Dialogue: An Appeal to Action. His TM Opus, containing the short fictions “Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)” and “Hoodie” that interpolate the Trayvon Martin killing, was featured in Mandorla. He teaches black literature (and culture), hip-hop studies, and creative writing.