Spring 2019: Poetic Personal Essays: April

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Spring 2019: Poetic Personal Essays: April


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April 27 – May 30, 2019 (6 sessions)
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Instructor: Claudia Savage
For writers at all levels

Craft a personal essay using poet-essayists such as Ocean Vuong, Maggie Nelson, and Dan Beachy-Quick as inspiration for form and method. This class will help you break out of the narrative ruts afflicting many new essayists and allow your writing to flow from a deeper, truer place where everyone’s inner poet dwells.

Claudia F. Saleeby Savage is a member of the performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey and co-runs a parent-artist podcast of the same name. She has published three collections of poetry, most recently, Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil). Her essays, interviews, and collaborative work appear widely in print, onstage, and in galleries and often explore the theme of refugees and diaspora. Recent work can be found in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, Nimrod, Water-Stone Review, and Anomaly (where she writes the series, “Witness the Hour: Arab American Poets Across the Diaspora”). She is a 2018-2021 Black Earth Institute Fellow, a progressive think tank that focuses on the intersection of the environment, social justice, and spirituality. She’s garnered awards from Jentel, Ucross, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, University of Oregon, RACC and Mineral School. Her collaboration, reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality, with visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, is forthcoming in 2020.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at susan@literary-arts.org with your name, contact information, and list three classes in order of preference. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org for more information.