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There's A Chameleon in My Prose Poem: Poetry and the Art of Disguise with Justin Petropoulos

Date(s): Wednesdays, October 30 - November 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Discussion, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Experimental, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Poetry
Cost: Pay As You Can*

About the Class

The poet David Lehman says, “[t]he prose poem is…poetry that disguises its true nature.” In this course we will explore the prose poem through the lens of disguise. Through in-class readings, discussions, and generative writing exercises we will explore what is hidden and what we can hide in prose poems. The prose poem, like a chameleon, adapts to its surroundings taking on the colors of anything from newspaper articles to diary entries, from instruction manuals to fairy tales. We will discuss how the prose poem can be used with traditional poetic forms like the lyric or the sonnet as well as how it can be adapted to explore other forms of writing.

*In collaboration with the instructor, the Piper Writers Studio is offering a "pay as you can" model for this course to meet community members where they are at in their educational journey. Full registration is $149. Partial registration is $29 - $199. Payment options will be provided upon registration.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series will also be presenting a poetry reading with Justin Petropoulos and Diana Marie Delgado on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Changing Hands Tempe (6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283). To learn more about the reading, visit our website at

Meet Your Instructor

Justin Petropoulos is the author of two collections of poetry, Eminent Domain (Marsh Hawk Press 2011), selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and <legend> </legend> (Jaded Ibis Press 2013), a collaborative work with multimedia artist, Carla Gannis.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at