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Beginning. We will read and discuss poems of elegy, grief, and loss and generate new writings of our own. In writing new work, we can “Make Bright the Rupture,” that is, find beauty in how we think about loss and/or complement that with poems that celebrate life. We will look at the work of Thom Gunn, Dana Levin, Mary Jo Bang, Kevin Young and Langston Hughes.
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Suzanne Edison, MA, 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, with grants from City of Seattle Youth Arts and 4Culture of King County, WA. She has taught poetry workshops for kids and adolescents. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her chapbook, The Moth Eaten World, from Finishing Line Press, was published in June 2014. Suzanne was interviewed on KUOW’s Weekday radio show January 28, 2013 and several poems aired on January 30th and 31st , 2013.
Some of Suzanne’s work can be found in the following journals and anthologies: Ars Medica, Spillway, EDGE, The Healing Art of Writing, The Examined Life: A Literary Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, and Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening. Her work can be read online at dermanities.com, literarymama.com, and washingtonpoets.org
Writers I Return To: Louise Gluck, Wislawa Szymborska, Rachel Zucker, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell
Favorite Writing Advice: Read, write, read, write