Poetry, Reading

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: October 6, 2022
  • End Date: November 10, 2022
  • Day of Week: Thursday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Poems of the Historical Moment: Writing with Eve Ewing’s 1919

Eve Ewing's wonderful 1919, a poetry collection about the Chicago race riots, will be our guide as we write poems about cultural moments. Our poems may focus on historical events or spring from primary sources—or we may use collective events as backdrops for our personal stories. We'll read Ewing's collection front to back and discuss it as a whole, as well as spend concentrated time on individual poems (including some fun poetic forms). Each session is a chance to read/hear our work in progress, but this is not a workshop.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg


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.