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Driftwood Seminar Series

Erasure Poetry Seminar

The 2020 Erasure Poetry Seminar has concluded.


To see the 2020 showcase booklet, a compilation of many of our students' hard work during the seminar, please click the image on the right.

If you're interested to learn more about the seminar, which will be offered again in 2021, scroll down.

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Overview: Driftwood Press is excited to announce open calls for our 2020 Erasure Poetry Seminar! This seminar is a five-week, in-depth look at the history, practice, and importance of erasure poetry. Each week, students will receive a video lesson from the course instructor, multiple tailor-made writing prompts, and detailed feedback on their writing. In addition, students will also have access to a class-only Facebook group where work can be shared and a Youtube channel where course materials will be available to class members. Those who take the class will also receive a copy of the wonderful erasure collection A Little White Shadow (Mary Ruefle), shipped directly to them. The course will culminate in a Showcase Booklet of students’ erasure poems available for free on Driftwood’s website and shared widely through our social media!

Application: Students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. To apply, please provide the following:

  • Statement of Interest: Please include a 200-word statement of interest detailing how this online course would benefit your or why you are interested in learning about this unique type of poetry.

  • Brief Biography (optional): Please include a short, 100-word biographical statement outlining any work history, publications, or upcoming projects you are involved in.

Cost: Cost for the entire 5-week course is $200.00 USD. Payment is due upon application. The course-cost includes:

  • Specifically made video lessons available only to students.

  • 3-5 tailor-made writing prompts for each week of the course. *these prompts will be made exclusively available to course students*

  • Detailed instructor feedback on 1 of your poems for each week of the 5-week course (totaling 5 critiques).

  • A copy of A Little White Shadow by renowned erasure poet Mary Ruefle delivered directly to you at the end of the course.

  • A magazine-style Showcase Booklet designed specifically for course students and made available electronically (as PDF) on Driftwood Press’ website.

Timeline: The class timeline is as follows:

  • March 1st - May 30th: Submissions open for application

  • June 1st: Start of Erasure Poetry Seminar!

  • July 3rd: Final day of online course. (Showcase Booklet will be uploaded to Driftwood Press' website in August)


About the instructor: Jerrod Schwarz teaches creative writing at the University of Tampa. His erasure poetry has been published in PANK, Entropy, Poets Reading the News, and the Plath Project; his erasure work has been featured in places like New Republic and Poetry Foundation. He has lectured extensively about the topic of erasure/found poetry to both undergraduate and graduate students. His erasure poetry is forthcoming from ABRAMS Books, Ctrl + V, and Thimble Magazine.

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