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The Words to Say It: Reading & Writing Poems about Illness, Trauma & Healing (ZOOM) Section II

All Levels | The body is the repository for experiences of illness and trauma, but often we can’t find the words to communicate our realities to ourselves or others. By focusing on our bodily sensations, thoughts, and experiences, and using the craft of writing — images, syntax, narrative, forms, etc. — we can transform our experiences of illness and trauma into art. Readings will include poems by Lucia Perillo, Nick Flynn, Lucille Clifton, Rafael Campo, and Jane Kenyon, among others. Each week we will read, discuss, and write. There will be in-class prompts, options for homework, and time for students to bring their poems to class for feedback.

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Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Suzanne Edison

Class Type: 6 Sessions


Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 09/15/2020

End Date: 10/20/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Suzanne Edison

Suzanne Edison, MA, MFA is a poet, educator and former therapist. She has led workshops for parents and medical professionals on the effects of chronic illness on families at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), NIH, and at national conferences for the Cure JM Foundation. She created a writing group for parents of kids with chronic illness at SCH, and the workshop “Teens Writing from the Heart of Illness & Healing” at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her recent chapbook, The Body Lives Its Undoing, was published in 2018 by The Benaroya Research Institute. It is an exploration in poetry and visual art about autoimmune diseases based on interviews with researchers, doctors, patients and caregivers.

Suzanne is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust, 4Culture of King County, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and will be a Hedgebrook fellow in Fall of 2019.

Some of Suzanne’s work can be found in her first chapbook, The Moth Eaten World, and in the following journals and anthologies: Michigan Quarterly Review; Naugatuck River Review; JAMA; CMAJ; The Healing Art of Writing, Vol. I; The Examined Life Journal; Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening. Her work can be read online in various other journals and on her website. www.seedison.com

Writers I Return To: Louise Gluck, Wislawa Szymborska, Rachel Zucker, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell

Favorite Writing Advice: Read, write, read, write

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