Hybrid Moments: Exploring the Lyric Essay
We live in a time that challenges the binary and explores intersection and identity. How do our stories of self become more realized when we break the constructs of traditional personal essay? In this class, we will radicalize our approach to the personal narrative by intertwining poetry and personal memoir. We will write lyric essays, explore the braided form, and produce hybrid essays that celebrate both personal story and the lyricism of poetry. Come prepared to engage in fun and experimental writing exercises and share stories with one another.
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Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest, she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the Lushootseed language revitalization, to loud basement punk shows and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. With strange obsessions revolving around Twin Peaks, the Seattle music scene, and Coast Salish Salmon Ceremonies, Sasha explores her own truth of indigenous identity in the Coast Salish territory. Sasha holds a double MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in creative nonfiction and poetry. Her memoir Red Paint is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press. Her collection of poetry Rose Quartz will be published by Milkweed.