James Hoch Reading and Masterclass on April 12-13

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By Joshua Raver |

Isn’t language fun? We play with and use language so extensively and differently that at times it can be hard to remember all its intricacies and demands; much less can we say our endeavor to wield it will ever be complete. Language is a fluid entity, forever changing and growing alongside humanity; it is important to remain ever vigilant on how to successfully use it.

James Hoch has crafted a career out of working with language. Hoch is a professor of creative writing at the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey as well as guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Hoch will read on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in MSU 183. On Thursday, he will be will be teaching an open forum masterworks class in MSU 250. Hoch will be teaching poems from his book Miscreants. The poems describe aspects of Hoch’s life and experiences that he has lived through. They tell a darkened tale of a broken childhood and are excellent examples on how a troubled past can be turned into something beautiful.

While it is important to be able to express yourself professionally and academically, it is equally as important to be able to express yourself creatively. By attending open forums such as this, students are given the chance to listen to, speak with, and be taught by professionals outside their school’s normal faculty. It also gives students the chance to speak with writers who have learned how to turn their craft into a career. By attending forums such as this, you can learn various tips on how to not only become a better writer, but how to successfully distribute your writing as well.

This is an open forum and all are welcome to attend. Faculty, students, parents and friends are not only invited but encouraged to attend and listen to Hoch as he regales us with beautiful poetry and tips on how to succeed within our own writing.

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