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Writing in Times of Social Unrest and Political Upheaval

All Levels | We turn to poetry and creative nonfiction to rescue words from inciting fear, violence, and hatred. Rescuing words break silence and give voice for protest, witness, and compassion. We will read Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech; excerpts from Ariel Dorfman and June Jordan; and current writing from refugees, immigrants, and well- and lesser-known poets of all ages. Discussions and writing prompts will support the creation of two polished poems or a short essay connected to class themes.

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Instructor: Merna Ann Hecht

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 01/10/2019

No Class On: 1/24/2019

End Date: 02/21/2019

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Merna Ann Hecht

Merna Ann Hecht, poet, essayist and nationally known storyteller is a teaching artist and founder of a Refugee & Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project. A recipient of 4 Culture and other artist grants, she is a former children’s librarian with an extensive background using literature for promoting peace and diversity education.

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