2/8-16 Portfolio Work

Wednesday, I’ll introduce your portfolio work. Then you’ll have several days of class time to work on the portfolio.

First, you have a choice about WHICH TYPE of portfolio you’d like to compile:

  • Option A: Reflective Portfolio
  • Option B: A Publication Portfolio

Details about what’s required for each type of portfolio are below, and a template for each type of portfolio is available on Google Classroom. Remember, you’re choosing only ONE option, either A or B.

Option A: Reflective Portfolio

  1. You will revise at least one poem and at least one piece of prose.
  2. You will COMPILE evidence of: your revisions (before/after slides), your strengths, weaknesses (slides, including examples), your style/what all your work has in common (slide).
  3. You will craft an EKPHRASTIC RESPONSE to one of your own pieces.
  4. You will use these three components to develop a well-rehearsed 5-8 minute slide-show presentation for the class.

Option B: Publication Portfolio

  1. You will revise at least one poem and at least one piece of prose.
  2. You will research and compile a list of 3-5 journals that would be a “good fit” for your work. Some helpful caveats: (a) You’ll need to choose journals that allow you to read samples to discern whether or not your work is a good fit. (b) You’ll need to choose journals that allow “simultaneous submissions” for this project, as I’m requiring that you submit your work to more than one journal. (c) I recommend online journals as a top priority; they have more reach/readers and you’re likely to be able to read sample works more easily).
  3. You will write a cover letter for your work and ACTUALLY SUBMIT your work to the selected journals, following each journal’s submission guidelines. This will likely involve setting up a Submittable account and/or a CLMP account. You will take screenshot evidence of your submissions.
  4. You will also do an ekphrastic* response to one of your own works.
  5. You will use these four components to develop a well-rehearsed 5-8 minute slide-show presentation for the class.

Ekphrastic* Ideas

No matter which option you choose, you’ll be doing an ekphrastic response to one of your own poems or prose pieces. That’s right. Choose your favorite piece of your OWN writing and find a creative way to respond to it. For example:

  • Compose a piece of art or a collage that shows something about it
  • Make trailer for it
  • Turn it into a comic strip or a painting or another visual medium
  • Set it to music with slides of appropriate photos or illustrations
  • Compose music that responds to it or turn it into music
  • Film your script (if you wrote one)
  • Stage a reading and arrange to have it recorded

*Remember that ekphrasis is NOT illustration. It’s art inspired by the poem or poetry inspired by the art. 

Some Ekphrasis Examples

Here is a photo taken by filmmaker Beth Aala during her research for Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, a Discovery documentary that focuses on why ranchers, farmers, and fisherman are some of the most powerful voices for conservation in the U.S. The photo is called “Southeastern Louisana,” and depicts what rising ocean levels have done to places that used to be people’s homes:
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And here is a poem I wrote in response to that photo, recently published in The Cider Press Review. Notice that the poem is it’s OWN thing, responding to the photo.

Likewise, my poem “The Legislation of Sweet Things” was published as a part of my chapbook, Tuesday’s Children

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And here is Beth Aala’s ekphrastic response to it. Notice that the film is it’s OWN thing, but it still responds to or interacts with the poem in an interesting way.

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