American Indian Poetry and Culture

Course Dates: 
8 weeks: March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 19
Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m.
Bill Petz
Course Catalogs: 
2020 Spring

Reading the poems of American Indian poets and writing poems in response may allow us to better understand the history, culture, and lives of American Indians. In class discussion, we will focus on the poetry of current U. S. poet laureate Jo Harjo, M. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, and other American Indian poets. Participants will then write poems in response and workshop them in a supportive environment. Each class session will also include consideration of a skill or component of writing poetry and a brief lecture on American Indian history and culture.

Instructor: Bill Petz ( holds degrees in divinity and education and has been writing poetry for 20 years. In addition to his published writing, he has utilized poetry in men’s groups, health support groups and criminal justice intervention groups. Bill has considerable experience in teaching, training, and small group facilitation.

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