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The Poetry of Memoir

Joan Didion writes: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Oftentimes, the stories that make up our personal and collective history come in the form of prose, yet how can poetry engage nonfiction? How can we utilize poetic techniques to create tension and emotion when telling our narratives? We will explore memoir in poetry by connecting content with form. Indeed, how we write our stories affects the reader’s experience. We will consider poems rich with memoir, including Charles Olson, Kimiko Hahn, Jack Gilbert, Eduardo C. Corral, and more. Along with readings, the class will include generative writing prompts and mini-workshops.

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Instructor: Jane Wong

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 11/14/2015

End Date: 11/15/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jane Wong

Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, jubilat and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University. In 2017, she received the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award for Washington artists.

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