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Letters as Poems
January 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Roselyn Elliott
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members
Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Write a letter to your favorite character in history—or to anyone you choose—in the form of a poem. This form of poetry was written by ancient poets and continues to be popular among lovers and students of verse today. This three-and-a-half hour seminar and will offer students an opportunity to read, discuss, and write poems in which the speaker addresses a specific person in letter format. Students will read and discuss examples in a round-table format and be coached through some preliminary exercises to begin their journey of understanding and writing epistolary poems.
Roselyn Elliott is the author of four poetry chapbooks: The Separation of Kin (Blueline-SUNY Potsdam 2006), At the Center (Finishing Line Press 2008), and Animals Usher Us to Grace (Finishing Line Press 2011), and Ghost of the Eye (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press). A Pushcart nominee, her essays and poems have appeared in The Cumberland River Review, Diode, Streetlight Magazine, The Florida Review, New Letters, Blueline, ABRAXAS and other publications. She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Piedmont Virginia Community College, The Visual Art Center of Richmond and WriterHouse in Charlottesville, VA.