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All Levels | Emily Dickinson said, “When I feel as though the top of my head has been taken off, I know that is poetry.” Whether what you want is a wild leap, a breakage in form, or vulnerable content, you first need to identify and trust your poetic voice. In this generative workshop, students will read and write alongside champion high-divers like Terrance Hayes, Ilya Kaminksy, Sam Sax, Ross Gay, and Sharon Olds. We’ll practice their moves and learn how to leap headfirst toward the unknown and land on our feet. Expect a supportive peer community, detailed feedback from the instructor, and the opportunity to write the poems you are afraid to write.
Sara Brickman is a queer Jewish author, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and scholarships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, The Yiddish Book Center, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, and more. She is a BOAAT Writers Fellow and the recipient of the Ken Warfel Fellowship for Poetry in Community. Sara’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Adriot, BOAAT, The Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, and the anthologies The Dead Animal Handbook and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea. Sara received her MFA from the University of Virginia, where she taught poetry and rhetoric, and currently teaches with Writers-in-the-Schools and other community arts organizations. She lives in Seattle with her partner and her cat Latke.