Instructor: Annie Kim
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members
Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
A poem can be an act of defiance. Poetry lets us mourn, rage, rally, love where we don’t want to, see what we’d rather miss. Poetry tells the truth in its own way. As W. H. Auden wrote: “Poetry is not concerned with telling people what to do, but with extending our knowledge of good and evil. . .” But if you’re like me, writing a poem of social or political protest sounds equal parts exciting and intimidating.
In our workshop, we’ll draw courage (and steal tricks) from poets writing poems of resistance from different cultural and aesthetic orientations. We’ll talk craft. We’ll start our own lists of possible subjects, approaches, and exercises to get us going, and I’ll share sample poems and prompts for future work. Time permitting, we’ll do a freewriting exercise using something that we’ve learned.
Writers of all experience levels and political persuasions welcome.
Annie Kim’s first poetry collection, Into the Cyclorama, won the 2015 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, Mudlark, Asian American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, Kim is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center, and serves as an editor for DMQ Review.