Our 2018 headliners: Sonia Sanchez · Kaveh Akbar · Duy Doan · Jeffrey Harrison · Dorianne Laux · Erika Meitner · Carl Phillips · Nicole Sealey · Sean Thomas Dougherty · Rhina P. Espaillat

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Saturday, May 5 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Suturing with Wounds: Writing Poems About Long Term Illness FILLING

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How difficult it is write of the wasting away of someone we love, or the failure of our own body?  In this workshop, participants will reflect and implement different strategies to write about long term illness.  We will explore the importance of Point of View; discuss our range and opportunity for language not often found in poetry, and reflect on the difficulty and import of writing in the presence of death.  The workshop will briefly discuss the difference between writing about disability and writing about illness.  Students will engage in a number of brief fast exercises designed to jumpstart a poem.  Please be prepared to laugh and cry together.

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Sean Thomas Dougherty

Sean Thomas Dougherty has worked in a newspaper plant, as a security guard, a poet in the schools, a preacher to parolees, and as an untenured college lecturer.  He’s also worked in a pool hall, as a caregiver and medical technician for people recovering from traumatic brain injuries... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Hawthorne Hotel, Sophia Room