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2014 Conference on Poetry Fellow: Jay Baron Nicorvo

Jay Baron Nicorvo

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Jay Baron Nicorvo‘s poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in The Literary ReviewGuernica, The Iowa Review, and The Believer. Four Way Books published his debut poetry collection, Deadbeat. He’s served on editorial staffs at Ploughshares and at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center, and worked for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [clmp]. He teaches at Western Michigan University, where he’s faculty advisor to Third Coast, and he lives on an old farm outside Battle Creek with his wife, Thisbe Nissen, their son, Sonne, and a dozen vulnerable chickens.

Teaching Statement: Writing workshops tend to be what Mary Louise Pratt calls “contact zones, […] the space in which peoples geographically and historically separated come into contact with each other and establish ongoing relations.” I believe it’s important for a writer to think of the page as a contact zone, a space where a writer establishes ongoing relations with a geographically and historically separated reader. As a writing teacher, my pedagogy is simple: I encourage a courteous yet honest classroom environment, and as a mentor I hope to give back some of the wise guidance and caring (dare I say love) I’ve been granted by my mentors.

Date: December 23, 2013