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Writing the Self Sacred & Profane

All Levels | With poets such as Eric Tran, Jericho Brown, Vandana Khanna, and Essy Stone serving as our guiding lights, this generative poetry workshop explores how “the sacred” and “the profane” can provide entryways into thinking about our identities, our relationships to each other and to the divine or supernatural (however one conceives of them). I will provide linked writing prompts that will culminate into a poem draft that explores the relationship between the sacred and profane within our own poetic imaginations.

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

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Leah Silvieus

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 04/25/2021

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$81.00 Member Price:
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Leah Silvieus

Leah Silvieus was born in South Korea and adopted to the U.S. at three-months old. She grew up in small towns in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and western Colorado. She is the author of Anemochory (Hyacinth Girl Press), Season of Dares (Bull City Press), Arabilis (Sundress Publications) and co-editor with Lee Herrick of the poetry anthology, The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books). She is a recipient of awards and fellowships from Kundiman, The Academy of American Poets, and Fulbright and serves as a mentor on The Brooklyn Poets Bridge. A 2019-2020 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Fellow, Leah serves as a senior books editor at Hyphen magazine and an associate editor at Marginalia Review of Books. Her reviews and criticism have appeared in the Harvard Review Online, The Believer, and elsewhere.

She holds a BA from Whitworth University, an MFA from the University of Miami, and is currently an MAR candidate in Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School/Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to Yale, she spent several years traveling between New York and Florida as a yacht chief stewardess.

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