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Writing Poems on Family

All Levels | How do we make poems of a collective memory? Poetry is fertile ground for the complications of every family. In this generative class, we will draft poems about our family life, and we will pay close attention to the decisions poets like Meena Alexander, Henri Cole, Natasha Trethewey make of childhood, loss, and inheritance. We will examine how poetry creates formal order out of emotional disorder. Students should expect weekly reading assignments, in-class writing exercises, and to draft 4-5 poems.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Esther Lin

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2021

Start Date: 02/23/2021

End Date: 03/30/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Esther Lin

Esther Lin is a 2020 Fellow at the FAWC in Provincetown, 2017–19 Stegner Fellow, author of The Ghost Wife (PSA 2017). Her poems have appeared in Hyperallergic, the New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She organizes for the Undocupoets.

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