Poetry of Witness


Find ways to address social issues in this course that helps you identify ways poetry can respond to current events and unite people around individual perspectives.


What you will learn.

  • Read and analyze contemporary poems of witness and social justice
  • Experiment with new work by completing exercises
  • Develop a small portfolio of new work suitable for literary magazines

About this course:

For those with an interest in poetry and social justice, this workshop helps students generate new work in response to current dark times. In this course, we read and analyze contemporary witness and social justice poetry with the purpose of finding strategies for writing new poetry that is both personal and political. With a focus on experimentation and exercise, students play with new forms while reaching for higher meaning and a wider audience, culminating in a small portfolio of work ready to be submitted to literary journals of varying size and aesthetics.

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Ready to start
your future?
By signing up, you agree to UCLA Extension’s Privacy Policy.

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning