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Begin at the Beginning: Poems About Families (online two-part seminar) – Registration is closed. Email programs@writerhouse.org to be added to wait list.

July 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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Instructor: Margaret Mackinnon
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Wednesdays, 6/19/24 & 6/26/24 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

There are probably as many approaches to the subject of family as there are poets and poems. In one famous piece, Lucille Clifton recalls a vivid childhood memory of her mother. Li Young-Lee movingly describes a meal after the death of the family patriarch. Sharon Olds contemplates an image of her parents in the years before she was born. What part of your own family’s story are you inspired to explore in a poem? In this two-part class, we’ll discuss a range of poems on families written by other poets. We’ll also look at work done by members of the class in response to this complex and essential theme.

Margaret Mackinnon is the author of two collections of poetry, The Invented Child (Silverfish Review Press 2013), winner of the 2014 Literary Award in Poetry from the Library of Virginia, and Afternoon in Cartago (Ashland Poetry Press 2022), winner of the Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Her work has appeared in The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Image, Poetry, Blackbird, and other journals. She attended Vassar College and the University of North Carolina, and she received her MFA in poetry from the University of Florida. She lives with her family in Richmond.

Registration is closed for this seminar. Email programs@writerhouse.org to be added to wait list.


July 24
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Margaret Mackinnon