Instructor: Margaret Mackinnon
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturdays, 1/27/24 & 2/3/24 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
Ezra Pound makes a powerful argument that writers are always called to “make it new.” In this seminar, we’ll look closely at poets such as Eavan Boland, Louise Gluck, and Lisel Mueller, who are using the narratives of the past—whether myths, fairy tales or religiously-themed stories—to create poems that are both relevant and deeply personal. Students will have the opportunity to create and share poems that reflect on existing narratives and explore the process of making something “new” out of their connections to older stories that inform their vision of the unfolding world. Students are encouraged to both bring poems they have and/or ideas for poems they want to flesh out that intersect these themes.
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.
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