Poetry, Reading

  • Term: Summer 2023
  • Start Date: July 26, 2023
  • End Date: July 26, 2023
  • Day of Week: Wednesday
  • Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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Mythologies of the Self: Origin Stories & Self-Portraits

Join us to discuss how poets bring form and content together to forge innovative and engaging approaches to autobiographical material. Together, we'll unpack origin stories and self-portraits that weave narrative, lyric, and fragmented utterances to express complex and layered identities. We'll explore writing prompts that take inspiration from poems by Gregory Pardlo, Rick Barot, Marilyn Chin, and others. Participants will experiment with strategies to convey emotional truths about their experiences and to create an interplay of mystery and meaning.

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Dilruba Ahmed

Dilruba Ahmed


Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). Her debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press), won the Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner), Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books), Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), and elsewhere. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.


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