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The Poetry of Memoir

Joan Didion writes: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Oftentimes, the stories that make up our personal and collective history come in the form of prose, yet how can poetry engage nonfiction? How can we utilize poetic techniques to create tension and emotion when telling our narratives? We will explore memoir in poetry by connecting content with form. Indeed, how we write our stories affects the reader’s experience. We will consider poems rich with memoir, including Charles Olson, Kimiko Hahn, Jack Gilbert, Eduardo C. Corral, and more. Along with readings, the class will include generative writing prompts and mini-workshops.

Instructor: Jane Wong

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 11/14/2015

End Date: 11/15/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jane Wong

Jane Wong‘s poems can be found in anthologies and journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Hayden's Ferry Review, Third Coast, and others. Awarded The American Poetry Review's 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, she is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Squaw Valley, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University. Along with three chapbooks, she is the author of Overpour (Action Books).

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