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4 Sessions: Tuesday, July 12, 19, 26, August 2
Patricia Spears Jones
Living women writers make work that is at the forefront of innovative poetics that merge with urgent political and social movements. Whether in resistance of patriarchal oppression; exploration of gender fluidity; reshaping the family narratives; or declarations of autonomy, contemporary women poets provide challenging texts that can be used in generative ways. Over the past four years, I have led versions of a workshop that uses living women’s poetry to engage writers and prompt new poems. Past participants started new poems which found publication or are in their published collections. Join me as we look at work by writers as varied as Marilyn Chin, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Natalie Diaz, Brenda Hillman, Donika Kelley, Joy Ladin, Dorothea Laskey, Maureen Owen, and Nathalie Scenters-Zapico. Texts and prompts provided prior to each session. Join me as we explore these dynamic and varied writers who make poetry that may lead you to different perspectives. (10 students)