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All Levels. Yusef Komunyakaa, Carolyn Forché, Brian Turner, and Solmaz Sharif are known for their voices of witness: confronting war, injustice, and other conditions of extremity from first-hand experience in thoughtful and resonant work. We will read their poems that engage with and respond to urgent political and social contexts. Then, through writing exercises and workshop discussions, we will create our own work that inspires and provokes. Books for this course: Dien Cai Dao by Yusef Komunyakaa; The Country Between Us by Carolyn Forché; Here, Bullet by Brian Turner; Look by Solmaz Sharif.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Class Type: 8 SessionsMultigenre
Start Date: 09/19/2017
End Date: 11/07/2017
Days of the Week: Tuesday
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Carolyne Wright's new book is Masquerade: a Memoir in Poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021). Her previous book from Lost Horse is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. She has nine earlier books and chapbooks of poetry; a ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations; five award-winning volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali; and a book of essays. Carolyne has served as Visiting Poet and professor of Creative Writing at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Harvard, Radcliffe, Emory University and the University of Miami. She returned in 2005 to her native Seattle, where she teaches for Hugo House, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program (from 2005 until the program’s closure in 2016), and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant; and she returned to Brazil in 2018 on an Instituto Sacatar artists residency in Bahia. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; and a Fulbright U. S. Scholar Award granted in 2020 will take her back to Salvador, Bahia, after the CoVid-19 pandemic subsides in Brazil.
Photo by Sherwin Eng