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Saturday, May 5 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
The Poetic Obsession FILLING

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Through a series of prompts, exercises, and examples I will demonstrate ways writers can reinvigorate their own writing by looking closer at singular obsessions. Our job, out of all this, will be simple.  Our plan will be to find the secret door to our experience and open it.  Perhaps it's a door you've passed everyday and were afraid to open.  Perhaps it's an empty storefront you've seen as you've driven through your neighborhood.  Yet you've imagined yourself opening that door.  You've seen yourself taking a step and walking in and that image of yourself in relation to that door has obsessed you.  We will not be looking for ways out, but for ways in.

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Oliver de la Paz

Associate Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, and The Boy in the Labyrinth, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Prize for Poetry. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel, Sophia Room