Locating the Self: The Poetics and Politics of Identity

2019 Course Information

Course Description

What is identity? How do poets conceive of, articulate, and depict in their work the various identities they inhabit vis-à-vis class, race, nationhood, religion, gender and sexuality? This poetry workshop invites students to locate themselves within the sociopolitical framework of our day—as artists, writers, and citizens—and to consider the role that our personal and collective identities play in the creative work we generate. Course assignments will include close reading of poetry by a diverse range of poets and guided writing assignments.

Charif Shanahan Receives National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

FEBRUARY 14, 2019

This week, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Charif Shanahan, a Jones lecturer in the English Department at Stanford, with a creative writing fellowship. Shanahan, a former Wallace Stegner fellow, was one of 35 poets who received the 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.



Meet the Instructor(s)

Charif Shanahan

Lecturer, Creative Writing

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. His poems have appeared in New Republic, New York Times Magazine, PBS NewsHour, and Poem-a-Day of the Academy of American Poets, and anthologized in the forthcoming American Journal: Fifty Poems of Our Time (Graywolf, 2018), edited by US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and Furious Flower Poetry Center's Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern University Press, 2019). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry, he served as Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America from 2012 to 2015. For his work, he has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Starworks Foundation, as well as three nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Originally from the Bronx, he currently lives in San Francisco.