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Poetry is not always about trauma or violence, though that is what makes us human. Poetry is also about happiness, joy, and triumph, and sometimes we forget these, too, make us human. This workshop will close-read and listen to works by Lucille Clifton, Jane Hirschfield, Jorie Graham, Camille T. Dungy, Mahmoud Darwish, and others. Through discussion and writing exercises, students will understand the importance of joy, the world around them, and how to aim toward it in poems.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Luther Hughes, born and raised in Seattle, is author of Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018), Founder of Shade Literary Arts, and Executive Editor for the The Offing . Along with Gabrielle Bates and Dujie Tahat, he co-hosts The Poet Salon podcast. He has been published in Poetry, Paris Review, New England Review, The Rumpus , and others. He is the recipient of the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.