Delve Winter 2019 – Hooked: Addiction in Literature


Delve Winter 2019 – Hooked: Addiction in Literature


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Hooked: Addiction in Literature

Tuesdays, March 5-April 16, 2019 (six sessions; no meeting March 26)*
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Guide: Melissa Joan Walker, Tuition: $250

*Tuition includes admission to Jacqueline Woodson’s Portland Arts & Lectures event on April 4 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 

A look at addiction and recovery narratives in literature, with a tie-in to PA&L author event with Jacqueline Woodson. In addiction, a body turns against itself and sets its sights on self-destruction. Over the course of six weeks, we will spend time with writing that explores the descent into addiction, late stage alcoholism, a partner’s relationship with an addicted person, and two recovery chronicles, one prose, and one poetic. In this Delve, we will look at what addicts and the people close to them have to say about questions such as: To what extent are addicts culpable? What cultural factors divide socially acceptable addictions from those which are considered taboo? How does addiction impact people other than the addict’s own self? Are there covert benefits of addiction? Are there costs to recovery?

Reading List: Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson; Lit by Mary Karr; The Recovering by Leslie Jamison; and more


Melissa Joan Walker’s writing has appeared in outlets such as the Denver Quarterly; Sentence; Banshee; theNewerYork; After Hours; Orion Headless; Parable Press and more. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught writing, literature, and creativity to students at Roosevelt University, DePaul University, and St. Augustine College.