Online Studies

The Home School announces for Fall 2017 the opportunity for distant learning with four workshop instructors. Each class will feature an original pedagogical focus of poetics as well as open source software. 


fall 2017 course offerings

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with carmen giménez smith

Gloria Anzaldua referred to her groundbreaking book Borderlands as her autohistoria-teoria, an epistemological autobiography. She conceived of the liminal space, El Mundo Zurdo, where becoming and thinking converge for radical acts of decolonization, and posited the possibility that writing is the praxis where activism, aesthetics, and scholarship converge. This course is a consideration of telling self through and from different types of liminalities and/or poly-vocalities. In this course we will consider writing at the intersection of the aesthetic and the intellectual that leads to transformation. We will discover how these works of absolute receptivity act as liberatory practices for their authors and also engage with these practices in our own work.

Course Schedule: November 12–November 17, 2017
Platform: Basecamp (Online Correspondence)
Tuition: 150 USD
Enrollment Capacity: 10 Students

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle award in poetry. She was awarded an American Book Award for her memoir Bring Down the Little Birds and the Juniper Prize for Poetry for her collection Goodbye, Flicker. She also co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, an anthology of contemporary Latinx writing (Counterpath Press, 2014). She now serves on the planning committee for CantoMundo and as the publisher of Noemi Press, which has published over 40 full-length collections of poetry and fiction.  Her next collection of poems, Cruel Futures, will be a volume in the City Lights Spotlight Series in 2018. Be Recorder will be published by Graywolf Press in 2019. She is Professor of English at Virginia Tech and with Steph Burt, poetry editor of The Nation


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with caconrad

This week-long course will investigate Occult poets and practitioners of the past as well as those of us practicing currently around the world.  We will work with (Soma)tic poetry rituals, investigating moon cycles, tarot, crystal work, and ways to heal through poetry and ritual.  We will also discuss the importance of keeping our creative skills sharpened and how best to be collaborating with artists from other disciplines.

Course Schedule: December 11–December 16, 2017
Platform: Blogger (Online Correspondence)
Tuition: 150 USD
Enrollment Capacity: 15 Students

CAConrad is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays and the latest is titled While Standing In Line For Death from Wave Books (2017). For his books, essays, and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (from Delinquent Films 2016), please visit In 2011, he received the Pew Fellowship in the Arts for literature.  Since then he has received fellowships and residencies from Poets House (2017), Gloucester Writers Center (2016), Capilano in Vancouver (2016), Headlands Center for the Arts (2015), Lannan Foundation Marfa Residency (2014), The MacDowell Colony (2013), Banff Centre for the Arts (2013), The Ucross Foundation (2012), Tripwire in San Francisco (2012), Radar in Quintana Roo (2011), and Machine Project in LA (2011).  The Book of Frank (Wave Books) won the 2009 Gil Ott Book Award, chosen by Nathaniel Mackey, Myung Mi Kim and Eli Goldblatt.  Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books), won the 2015 Believer Magazine Book Award. The Book of Frank (Wave Books) has now been translated into sevent languages, and it has an Afterword by Eileen Myles.  Writer Maggie Nelson wrote for PEN America, “I’ve heard it said that his Book of Frank is this generation’s Dream Songs, but I think The Book of Frank surges ahead in experiment and lasting power.” Bernadette Mayer wrote for the original jacket cover, “I can never have enough CAConrad, like paprika or wisdom in disguise.  Is he the Frank of the book?”In 2017, he taught a six-week Master Class at Columbia University.  He has taught creative writing for seven consecutive years at the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.  2017 is his fourth-year teaching (Soma)tic rituals at Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam, his third-year teaching at the MFA writing program for OSU Cascades in Bend, Oregon, and his second-year teaching poetry for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.  In 2017, he was also a visiting writer and guest lecturer in Norway at the Bergen Academy of Art as well as the University of Arts in Zurich.  He has been a visiting writer at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Sarah Lawrence, Wesleyan, Evergreen State College, University of Alabama, Bates College, Hamilton College, and other colleges and universities. In fall of 2016 he performed and gave a talk at the Internationales Literaturefestival in Berlin as well as the Read My World Festival in Amsterdam in the Tolhuistuin.

Ignoring Craft: Freaks, Fuck Ups, Outcasts 


"Craft" can often be used as a manner of upholding racist, sexist, transphobic, logic. In this course we will discuss what publishers mean when they speak about "craft" and how "craft" has been used to systemically deligitmize the poetry of our most marginal communities in America. Whose poetry is absent from our anthologies because it lacked "craft?" How can we judge what is "good" poetry if not by understanding "craft?" Together we will create alternative reading strategies that resist hegomonic definitions of "good" poetry. We will create new lenses by which we read the freaks, fuck ups, and outcasts that you've never heard of. If you will are interested in reading works by obscure poets who enjoy eating dirty asshole then this is the right place for you. Some poets to be discussed are Justin Chin, tatiana de la tierra, Scott O'Hara, Paul Mariah, Pat Parker, and more.

Course Schedule: December 17–December 22, 2017
Platform: Basecamp (Online Correspondence)
Tuition: 150 USD
Enrollment Capacity: 10 Students

Christopher Soto (b. 1991, Los Angeles) is a poet based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016) and the editor of Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018). He cofounded the Undocupoets Campaign and worked with Amazon Literary Partnerships to establish grants for undocumented writers.  In 2017, he was awarded “The Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism” by Split This Rock and he was invited to teach a “Poetry and Protest Movements” course at Columbia University, as part of the June Jordan Teaching Corp. In 2016, Poets & Writers honored Christopher Soto with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award.” He frequently writes book reviews for the Lambda Literary Foundation. His poems, reviews, interviews, and articles can be found at The Nation, The Guardian, The Advocate, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Poetry Review, Tin House, and more. His work has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He has been invited to speak at university campuses across the country. He is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript about police violence and mass incarceration. He received his MFA in poetry from NYU, where he was a Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Fellow.