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Writing Our Monsters

All Levels | Half-humans, Frankensteins, and creatures of the deep are frames for looking at our own humanity. Yet writers and institutions have also used monstrosity to uphold hierarchies and push others to the margins. Using examples from television and writers like Anne Carson and Octavia Butler, we’ll wrestle with texts that trouble the line between literary and genre, and look closely at how these writers intersect with real-world constructions of monstrosity. And we’ll generate our own work in relationship to monster-dom that defies convention and redraws the lines of “normal.”

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Instructor: Sara Brickman

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 02/14/2019

End Date: 03/21/2019

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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