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Daytime Poetry: Addiction, Family, and the Unrecognizable – CANCELLED

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Instructor: Joanna Currey
$189 Members | $210 Nonmembers
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1/12/21 – 3/4/21 | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

“I liked Hell, / I liked to go there alone” writes Marie Howe in “Magdalene: The Addict,” a line that seems to come from the psyche of a person both keenly self-aware and utterly emotionally detached.

What is addiction, and who suffers from it? How does it affect a person’s life or the lives of those who love them? And where can we find hope, healing, and connection in those stories? Guided by the contemporary poetic voices of Marie Howe (Magdalene, What the Living Do), Natalie Diaz (When My Brother Was an Aztec), and William Brewer (I Know Your Kind), we will explore what it means to live in or around addiction, from the national scope to the nuclear family.

This workshop will include:
• close reading of published poetry to discover how it’s working on both a craft and
content level to explore themes of addiction insightfully and powerfully
• discussion of close readings and additional class materials (podcasts, articles)
• generative in-class writing prompts inspired by the readings
• optional take-home writing prompts
• peer-critique of poems written in response to prompts and/or the general course material

Joanna Currey is from Virginia. She holds an MFA in poetry from Vanderbilt University, and previously earned her BA in English and Poetry Writing from the University of Virginia where she wrote mostly about plants, bodies, family, and religion. Joanna’s writing has appeared in Presence: a Journal of Catholic Poetry, Nashville Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Alaska Quarterly Review. 



January 12
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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Joanna Currey


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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