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Poets of Witness and Engagement

All Levels. Yusef Komunyakaa, Carolyn Forché, Brian Turner, and Solmaz Sharif are known for their voices of witness: confronting war, injustice, and other conditions of extremity from first-hand experience in thoughtful and resonant work. We will read their poems that engage with and respond to urgent political and social contexts. Then, through writing exercises and workshop discussions, we will create our own work that inspires and provokes. Books for this course: Dien Cai Dao by Yusef Komunyakaa; The Country Between Us by Carolyn Forché; Here, Bullet by Brian Turner; Look by Solmaz Sharif.

Instructor: Carolyne Wright

Class Type: 8 Sessions

Start Date: 09/19/2017

End Date: 11/07/2017

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review's Book of the Year Awards. Her nine earlier volumes of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP/Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award; and A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press), finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and the Idaho Prize. A Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford, among others, Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende; and spent four years on Fulbright and other fellowships in India and Bangladesh, translating Bengali women poets. She has five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, and an Advisory Board member for Raven Chronicles, Wright has received grants and fellowships from the NEA, 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and she will spend two months in Bahia, Brazil, on a writing residency at the Instituto Sacatar.

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