We are living in historical times . . . We are always living in historical times, maybe, but it is hard to deny that the coalescence of what we’re living through now is anything less than exceptional. In this generative, cross-genre class, we’ll consider the ways we as writers might respond to the current moment, and all of the questions and possibilities surrounding that work. We’ll examine historical and contemporary examples of creative political response, reading and discussing work across genres about climate change and the pandemic. Writers will respond to writing prompts, share their work, and come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to make political art, personally.
Amanda Goldblatt's fiction and essays can be found at Guernica, Chicago Review, Fence, and elsewhere. She was a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, and has worked with writers as a contingent instructor at several institutions, most recently Northeastern Illinois University. Her debut, Hard Mouth—an adventure novel about grief—was published by Counterpoint in 2019.