We often find it laborious and intense to live through–let alone write about–difficult periods, events, and circumstances of our lives. However, poets Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux in their lauded guide The Poet’s Companion encourage writing what we know. Then, how can we write what we know when it causes us the most stress? Exploring the work of poets Robert Hayden, Terrance Hayes, Sonia Sanchez, and others, we will find avenues into writing what we work so hard to keep locked away.
Saturday, November 7; 3:00-4:30 p.m. $45/person. Limited to 20 participants. This workshop will be held as an online video conference call through Zoom. Details for joining the video call will be provided to all participating writers after registering. Course materials will be provided as email attachments.
About our instructor:
Len Lawson is the author of Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019) and co-editor of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race (Muddy Ford Press, 2017). His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weymouth Center for the Arts, and others. His poetry appears in Callaloo, African American Review, Ninth Letter, Verse Daily, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Len is also a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning the 2020 IUP Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. He has taught English in South Carolina higher education for ten years.
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