Expanding the Elegy: Reading and Writing from Victoria Chang’s “Obit”
Genres: Poetry, Reading
Explore the elegy by studying Victoria Chang's powerful collection, Obit, in which she reinvents the newspaper obituary to capture the full scope of loss. We'll discuss the book as a whole, read it front to back, and spend concentrated time on individual poems offered as prompts as we find new ways to write about and express loss. Each class begins with sharing our work aloud, but this is not a workshop. Read the first eleven pages before our first class.
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Melanie Figg is a poet and essayist, currently working on a hybrid memoir. Her award-winning poetry collection, Trace, was named one of the year’s "Best Indie Books" by Kirkus Reviews. She's received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and others, and has had work published in dozens of literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Nimrod, The Rumpus, Hippocampus, and the American Journal of Poetry. As a certified professional coach, Melanie offers women’s writing retreats and works remotely with writers on their manuscripts as well as their creative process.
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