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Poetry, Music, and Memory

“Music isn’t simply music,” the poet Kevin Young said. “It’s memory. It’s connecting us to our past.” In this class, we’ll immerse ourselves in the magic of music and poetry. You’ll tap into your own jukebox of memory through summoning songs from your past and present, connecting to a songwriter you love, for example, by creating a golden shovel poem inspired by a favorite song passage. Expect poems to surface from treasured yet forgotten memories. We’ll also create a collective jukebox, pooling some of our favorite song lyrics together to create fun writing experiments, pausing to read inspiring texts by Victor Hernandez Cruz, Ross Gay and Sonia Sanchez and Bob Kaufman.


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*Note – all classes are in Pacific Standard Time

Instructor: Samar Abulhassan

Grade: 5-8

Location: Online

Duration: 2 sessions

Start Date: 04/22/2021

End Date: 04/29/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.

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