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Anna Leahy

Contributor

Anna Leahy is the author of Generation Space: A Love Story (Stillhouse 2017) with Douglas R. Dechow and of the forthcoming poetry collection Aperture (Shearsman 2017). She is also the author of Constituents of Matter, which won the Wick Poetry Prize, and the editor of Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she curates the Tabula Poetica reading series and edits TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics. She co-writes the Lofty Ambitions blog.


Articles

Shop Talk |

Under the Influence… of Stanley Plumly

When I was an MFA student at the University of Maryland, Stanley Plumly said two things about my poetry that have stuck with me and shaped not only how I think about my writing process but also how I approach teaching creative writing. In one conference, he asked, Will you ever write a ten-syllable line? Stanley Plumly is fond of John Keats’s work, so maybe he did want me to write in ten-syllable lines, but the question was designed to force to me think about formal choices I was making. My initial, silent response was that I was experimenting with […]


Essays |

The Future of Literary Citizenship: A Review Essay

With the rise of digital culture, teachers must examine how to help students connect with literature all over again, and teachers who are also writers have a particular interest in building students’ “literary citizenship.” Writer and teacher Anna Leahy looks for perspectives on this dilemma in four books by Marjorie Garber, Christina Vischer Bruns, Kevin Stein, and David Orr.



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