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Vievee Francis is the author of Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012) and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University, 2006). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in numerous journals, textbooks and anthologies including POETRY, Best American Poetry 2010, and Angles of Ascent, A Norton Anthology of African American Poetry. She is currently an Associate Editor for Callaloo: A Premier Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters and a Visiting Professor (Undergraduate Program) of Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College.
Read a poem by Vievee here.
Teaching Statement: I am deeply committed to seeing the students of poetry I work with receive the specific type of instruction they need. My pedagogical bent is decidedly informed by a mentor-apprentice model even in a workshop setting. This means each student or workshop participant must be considered individually on their own aesthetic terms. This takes the utilization of different approaches and can be intense but I believe it to be vital for the student’s growth. I also find while participant/instructor communication is important, equally important is the communication between participants and it must not be neglected. As such, I try to foster an environment where participants become close-knit, providing both generous critique and encouragement.