Writers Program instructor Charles Jensen recently published a new book. He says, “Instructions between Takeoff and Landing is my third full-length collection of poems, written largely between 2014 and 2018. The centerpiece is a series of poems written in the form of a reading comprehension exam, where a paragraph is followed by four questions for the reader. It explores themes related to midlife with pathos and humor.”

Of his time teaching in the Program, Charles says, “The Writers’ Program has been such a warm and dynamic community to be part of. I teach a class on Innovative Poetic Forms, and it’s an aspect of poetry that is so dear to my heart and central to my work. It’s an inspiration to me to see students discover the wild possibilities in inventing new forms for their work, and their excitement becomes my excitement.”

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