Beyond the Rainbow: Writing Towards a Queer Ecopoetics

November 10, 2019 | Nightbird Books | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Join us for a generative workshop with featured reader Matty Layne Glasgow.

 

Ecopoetics frequently evokes the natural, and thus what society deems moral, appropriate, or pure. How can we as writers subvert centuries of thought that define marginalized identities as unnatural by considering these same ecological systems? In this generative workshop, we’ll read contemporary poets whose work explores both queer identity and environment. We’ll discuss and draft poems that queer ecopoetry in various ways: through the poet’s or speaker's own lens, through knowledge of queer ecological processes, through form and language. Our poems will navigate and celebrate our own truths, as well as the diverse environments we inhabit.

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This is What You Changed Me To: Playing with Persona

December 8, 2019 | Nightbird Books | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Join us for a generative workshop with featured reader Corrie Williamson.

 

The persona poem, or poem written from a perspective other than the poet’s, has long been used to provide the writer with a foil, to offer social commentary or criticism, and to explore other identifies, times, places, and experiences. Join us as we examine and discuss some of the classic, and not so classic, examples of the power and dynamism of the persona poem, including some recent works that have caused controversy and debate over the appropriation of story and experience, and the writer’s right the wear the mask. We’ll draft persona pieces in unique voices; come prepared with a persona in mind, or opt to have a “wild card” person assigned to you to explore and stretch your writer’s imagination.

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Poetry, Metaphor, Madness

January 19, 2020 | Nightbird Books | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Join us for a generative workshop with featured reader Jeffrey Thomson.

 

Plato called metaphor madness and for its use he kicked the poets out of his Republic.  The French philosopher, Michel Foucault, calls metaphor a derangement of the senses. Yet, metaphors are fundamental to the way good poems work and the make the magic leaping power of poetry possible.  In this generative workshop we will think about what metaphor actually is and how it works and develop poems based on our own metaphorical imaginings.

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