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Hermit Crab Forms for Poets & Prose Writers

All Levels | Calling all poets and prose writers! This mixed-genre class will explore “hermit crab” forms for our poems, prose, and prose poems! Just as a hermit crab adapts to various “homes,” we’ll write about our experiences using the language and architecture of borrowed forms: instruction manuals, encyclopedia entries, multiple-choice questionnaires, historical timelines, or horoscopes. How can borrowed structures help us to reveal our emotional truths? This generative workshop is open to all.

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Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 03/08/2022

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Dilruba Ahmed

Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). Her debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press), won the Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner), Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books), Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), and elsewhere. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.

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