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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.

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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 PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jane Wong

Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her poems and essays can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, and Ecotone. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, and others. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

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