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Autopoiesis: A Poetry Workshop for Transracial Adoptees

All Levels | In this generative poetry workshop exclusively for transracial adoptees, we’ll explore taking ownership of our stories. Questions around belonging, familial history, and erasure are built into the adoptee experience. We will consider these questions through craft exercises that focus on found text/erasure, collaboration, and direct address looking to poets such as Sun Yung Shin, Arhm Choi Wild, Rita Dove, Robin Coste Lewis, and Muriel Leung to guide us. We’ll put all the pieces together through a self-portrait exercise at the end of class.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Leah Silvieus & Tiana Nobile

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 11/09/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$81.00 Member Price:
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$90.00 General Price:

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Leah Silvieus & Tiana Nobile

Leah Silvieus was born in South Korea and adopted to the U.S. at three-months old. She grew up in small towns in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and western Colorado. She is the author of Anemochory (Hyacinth Girl Press), Season of Dares (Bull City Press), Arabilis (Sundress Publications) and co-editor with Lee Herrick of the poetry anthology, The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books). She is a recipient of awards and fellowships from Kundiman, The Academy of American Poets, and Fulbright and serves as a mentor on The Brooklyn Poets Bridge. A 2019-2020 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Fellow, Leah serves as a senior books editor at Hyphen magazine and an associate editor at Marginalia Review of Books. Her reviews and criticism have appeared in the Harvard Review Online, The Believer, and elsewhere.

She holds a BA from Whitworth University, an MFA from the University of Miami, and is currently an MAR candidate in Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School/Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to Yale, she spent several years traveling between New York and Florida as a yacht chief stewardess.

Tiana Nobile is a Korean American adoptee, Kundiman fellow, and recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. A finalist of the National Poetry Series and Kundiman Poetry Prize, she is the author of CLEAVE (Hub City Press, 2021). Her writing has appeared in Poetry Northwest, The New Republic, Guernica, Southern Cultures, and the Texas Review, among others. Tiana received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, MAT in Elementary and Special Education from the University of New Orleans, and MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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