Poetry and Photography

Travis Brown, Buccaneer’s, 2016

Travis Brown, Buccaneer’s, 2016

Photography and poetry have one important thing in common—the focus on specific images, images that aren’t necessarily tied to a plot (as in fiction and film). What makes both poems and photographs good is a strongly felt point of view. This recurring course, taught by poet and journalist T. Cole Rachel, will encourage the writing of poems while using photographers’ existing images as a source to unlock potential subject matter and discuss point of view. Each student will write at least three poems during the 6-week class, and they will be read and analyzed in class. For photographers who have had the impulse to write poems and didn’t know how to get started, or who have written in the past but have lost touch with the art form, the class will be a stimulation to write, and to engage with some important voices in contemporary poetry. The class will read the work of certain contemporary poets, including Louise Gluck, Mary Oliver, and Albert Goldbarth among others. To find out more about the class--including how to enroll and when the next session begins — visit the Baxter Street website. 

The next Poetry & Photography class will be offered in the Spring of 2017.
Check back here or email me for updates or inquiries.

COVERING MUSIC / July 3 – August 11, 2017

This course at the NYU Journalism School explores the fast-changing world of pop-music journalism. We will explore approaches to writing concert and album reviews, interviewing artists, covering music news for the web (especially on Twitter and Facebook, as well as blogs) and tracking trends. There will be guest speakers and workshops, along with weekly writing assignments (including a longer final project). Designed for students with and without prior journalism studies or experience and a great opportunity to hear some music in the downtown and North Brooklyn neighborhoods served by our NYMag.com news and information site, Bedford + Bowery. With multimedia support. To find out more about the class--as well as the next time I'll be be teaching a session--please visit the NYU Journalism Website to see a schedule of upcoming classes.