There’s Joy In The Mourning: Writing About & Through Grief
We find ourselves in urgent need of joy with an urgent need to grieve, collectively and individually, and it is here that we can access the raw transformative power of mourning and remembrance. This workshop will explore the intersection of creativity and ritualistic healing for writers who’ve stalled out, stunned by the monstrosity of human nature; for writers who fill page after page as if weeping; for everyone in the muddled half-starts of the in-between. We will read and discuss the works of poets who dance in the tension of mundane urgency, from Lucille Clifton and Nikki Finney to Jericho Brown, Eve L. Ewing, and more. Participants will generate first drafts for feedback and present second drafts of new work.
Amber Flame is a writer, composer, and performer whose work has garnered residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and YEFE NOF. Flame’s original work has been published in diverse arenas, including Def Jam Poetry, Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Black Heart Magazine, Sundress Publications, FreezeRay, Redivider Journal, and more. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer, and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame’s first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was recently published through Write Bloody Press. Amber Flame is a queer Black single mama just one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.