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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.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

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If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Esther Lin

Class Type: 6 Sessions


Start Date: 02/23/2021

End Date: 03/30/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

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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