The Prose Poem

Instructor: Nick Reading
Date:  Saturday, July 13
Time:  9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

The prose poem is an unexpected party guest who not only fixes your running toilet but reads the water flushing as a diviner. It is a chair that doubles as a coffin. It is a flower that masquerades as a rake. It is as unassuming as a hat left on a bus and as captivating as the nest of wrens that have made it home. In this class, we have the pleasure to interrogate this guest and visit the endless beginnings that it enjoys. Time will be spent considering the prose poem and how it walks along the horizon at dawn without mentioning day or night. We will allow it to dictate terms of endearment and divorce. We will experience its uncanny ability to slip crystals into our pockets while we think we are simply doing laundry. Studio time will be allotted for oranges to become a grandmother’s wedding day broach while we craft our own prose poems and share them with each other over a nice glass of eyelashes.  

Nick Reading is the author of Love & Sundries (Split Lip Press) and The Party In Question, winner of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. His work has appeared in many journals including Barrow Street, Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly and jubilat. He serves as poetry editor for Sport Literate and lives in Indianapolis where he is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Butler University. For more, visit


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