Since the mid 1980s, the Kootenay School of Writing, a writer-run center in Vancouver, has been the site of some of the most innovative poetry coming out of North America. Leaving behind conventional ideas about syntax and lyricism, the KSW poets have produced a body of work that is jarring, troubling, provocative, funny, and beautiful. In their introduction to this sampling from the work of fourteen writers, Andrew Klobucar and Michael Barnholden describe the historical and aesthetic environment which produced the Kootenay School of Writing, and in doing so demystify a poetry that many regard as "difficult." WRITING CLASS is a fascinating introduction to the most vital poetry being written today.
Andrew Klobucar teaches in the English department at the University of British Columbia. Longtime Kootenay School of Writing collective member Michael Barnholden is the author of Gabriel Dumont Speaks and On the Ropes and managing editor of West Coast Line. Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN