Writing with Your Ghosts
Ever travel down a street that floods you with memories or gives you a spooky sense of déjà vu? Or started something new and found it already sticky with the residue of past experiences? In this course, we'll take time to get familiar with your familiars, making space for the stories that haunt the peripheries of awareness. From the fantastical to the lyrical, the works of Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Gabriel García Márquez, and more will serve as guideposts as we generate new work that pulls aside the veil and lets our ghosts speak.
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.