Thursday, May 24, 2007

My Totally Awesome Seminar Students

From left to right: Jimbo (in hat); Patrick; Molly, Frank, Libby, and Liz

I wish there was some way for me to express how much I loved being with this group for the seminar "From Angst to Art." These students worked hard. Their magnanimous participation is something I'll never forget. I think the biggest challenge for us all was to bond as a group. This was necessary in order for us to talk about highly personal things about our lives. Each student chose a writer and became close to that writer. He or she reported on that writer. (Jimbo did John Berryman; Patrick did William Blake; Molly did Walt Whitman; Frank did Theodore Roethke; Liz did Dorothy Allison; Libby did Anne Sexton.) I was specific in saying that I did not want a conventional report. And they delivered. We got to hear music and poetry, and we got to view original movies and slideshows created by the students. This was not your run-of-the-mill "and he/she was born...and he/she wrote...and he/she won this or that prize." Perhaps someday I will do this seminar again; the next group, though, will have some awfully big shoes to fill.

*A note about the YouTube videos: Some of you have said you can't get the videos to play. I understand that you have to be logged on to YouTube in order to use the player. It is an easy task that will just take a minute. I hope that all my readers will log on; I plan to be putting a lot more videos on my blog in the future.

*I'm making great progress on the novel!


Anonymous said...

Hi Theresa!

Cute pictures :) I had a wonderful time in class this year - it was something I could actually look forward to. I miss it already. It kept me super motivated/inspirted artistically and I continued to keep a written journal with doodles, poems, stream-of-conciousness thought... I've been a regular reader here since you posted the link in an email. But this is my first comment.

Speaking of which: I recently picked up a copy of Slaughterhouse-Five from Amazon, and I LOVE IT! I'm about halfway through, and it's a lot faster of a read (and more satirical/funny) than I expected. Thanks for the recommendation ;)

Hope your summer is going well! I'm waiting tables. (woo hoo...) Haha. Cheers!

- Molly

Erin said...

This sounds like it was a great experience for everyone! Looks like a great group of people. :-)

Oh, and I also like the books you've added down the side of your blog, Theresa!

V said...

Hi Theresa!

Ahh, you`re a wonder! It`s just so nice to realize I have so much to absorb here. It`s been a long arduous
8 months, but, finally,
here I am!!!


V said...

*I'm making great progress on the novel!

Woo Hoo!!!!


GreenishLady said...

Theresa, thanks for the 'library thing' suggestion. I have had half my library up there since about last October, and keep meaning to put the other half up. It only shows 4 or 5 random books on my blog, though, - not the large selection you have on yours.
I enjoyed seeing these pictures of your students. - More satisfied 'customers'!

Liz said...

Hey Theresa,

Hope you're having a good summer, I keep meaning to come comment but I haven't been online much (stuck with 56k for the summer, yuck) Of course, the positive side of that is that I'm spending less time on facebook and more time reading :) I'll try and watch the videos of our class the next time I'm at the library. By the way, I don't know if I gave you the link or not, but I've got a blog through Wordpress-- the URL is




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