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The Ezra Pound Center for Literature:
Writing Workshops at  Brunnenburg Castle

Offered again in Summer 2020.


The University of New Orleans is pleased to offer the rare opportunity to take Poetry-Writing Workshops and seminars on The Poetry of Ezra Pound, one of the 20th Century's most influential, innovative and controversial poets. The program is held at Brunnenburg, the northern Italian castle that served as Pound's residence during his later years and is currently the home of his daughter, Mary de Rachewiltz, and her son, Dr. Siegfried de Rachewiltz.


Program Structure 

This program is a 4-week poetry seminar/poetry workshop and immersion into Italian culture. It grew out of the Tirolean History classes taught at UNO's International Summer School in Innsbruck, Austria. The Summer School has operated successfully for more than twenty-five years and has generated many productive and rewarding collaborations throughout Europe, of which the UNO Ezra Pound Center for Literature is one of the finest. The program provides the unusual opportunity for a limited number of undergraduates, graduate students and others interested in modern poetry and/or creative writing to write poetry and study the works of Ezra Pound at the historic castle in northern Italy where Pound lived late in his life and where his daughter, Mary de Rachewiltz, now resides.


Undergraduates in good standing, graduate students and non-degree students are eligible to apply. Guest students from other institutions and continuing UNO students must be eligible to enroll for the next semester in good standing. All participants must be eligible to enroll in a 4000-level course (junior, senior status or graduate student) but can be admitted by permission on an individual basis. Foreign students, Americans abroad, teachers and dependents in Europe are also invited to apply. All admitted participants should come prepared to live and work in a rustic environment of close quarters and communal qualities, and be able to demonstrate good health and the ability to walk steep inclines on a daily basis.

All for-credit students will receive a UNO transcript for their participation. This official transcript will be sent to the appropriate home institution following the completion of the summer program, after a final assessment and payment of room damages and other remaining charges. If you have any questions about the transcript process, please feel free to contact the Writing Workshops Abroad office.