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Naked Poetry: Finding the Courage to See Ourselves

All Levels | This exploratory, generative poetry workshop is designed to highlight the severe and beautiful truths of our lives and where in language we strike our greatest freedom. Based in the belief that poems that are pure, honest, and courageous in saying the unsayable get us closer to the highest reaches of human song, workshop participants will learn techniques of writing poetry that stress tapping the unconscious and facing our fears while nominally addressing form as a doorway into the mysteries that make up our lyric selves.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Major Jackson

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Winter 2021

Start Date: 03/06/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 10

Maximum Class Size: 25

$135.00 Member Price:
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$150.00 General Price:

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Major Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006), and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

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