Featured Lecturer: Kai Carlson-Wee

Introducing a new feature on the creative writing website: Lecturer of the Month!

Every month we’ll profile one of our wonderful Lecturers, so that you can learn more about their background, interests, and classes.

Lecturer of the Month, February 2015:

Kai Carlson-Wee

Kai Carlson-Wee


A little bit about Kai:

I’m from a small farming town in southern Minnesota called Northfield.

My favorite books are The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert, Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson, and Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth (photography).

One of the most meaningful poems I’ve published is a poem I wrote for my brother called Jesse James Days. In Northfield, there is an annual festival called The Defeat of Jesse James Days, put on to celebrate a failed bank robbery attempt by the James Gang in 1876. The festival has a wild west kind of vibe, and glorifies a romantic version of America’s past. I always found this contradiction of hero/outlaw fascinating and the poem is about the nostalgia for this romantic illusion, coupled with the loss of my youth.

I love to talk about coffee, rollerblading, various flotsam and jetsam of 90s pop-culture, traveling, awkward social minutiae, and films.

I have a porcupine hide hanging on the wall of my apartment in San Francisco. It’s a long story. I’ll tell you in class 🙂


Info about Kai’s Classes for Spring 2015:

During Spring Quarter I’m teaching an intro to poetry class (English 92) as well as an advanced poetry class (English 292). In both classes the emphasis will be on reading good poetry, exploring and developing our own unique voices, and making poetry a meaningful part of our everyday lives. The intro class will be geared toward experimenting with style/form while the advanced class will be geared toward workshop and compiling a collection of poems. I always start the quarter with storytelling sessions and Blueberry Buckle (special family recipe) and I try to encourage a sense of community.




Office Hours Winter 2015:

MW 11-1

Bldg. 460-209