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All Levels | Whether or not we are believers, the ways God/the divine is rendered in language and image shapes us in profound but often hidden ways. We’ll give close readings to the work of poets who re-imagine and re-word the divine—including Lucille Clifton, Marie Howe and Tim Seibles—and follow their lead to imagine our way toward a post-patriarchal language of the divine. Bring copies of a poem (not your own) related to the divine—one that inspires or repels you.
Former Washington state poet laureate Elizabeth Austen is the author of two chapbooks and a full-length collection, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia, 2011), now in its fourth printing. She’s been a poetry correspondent for NPR affiliate KUOW since 2000, and leads poetry and reflective writing workshops for healthcare providers as a tool for self-care. In 2018 Elizabeth celebrated World Poetry Day at UNESCO in Paris, reading alongside a dozen poets from around the world. She earned an MFA from Antioch University-Los Angeles, and is an alumna of the Jack Straw Writers program and Hedgebrook. Elizabeth is working on a new manuscript, currently titled States of Emergency.