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Are you ready to ring in the new year with a new batch of draft poems? Prize-winning poets Dilruba Ahmed, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, and Prageeta Sharma co-facilitate this workshop, which will include a fun and lively series of writing prompts that reflect their varied aesthetic approaches to writing. You can expect prompts sure to help you move past writer’s block, activities that will challenge your typical approaches to generating a poem, and fresh draft material to take home at the workshop’s conclusion. Bring your pens and paper, and a willingness to try something new to jumpstart your writing in 2020.
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.