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Writing Beyond the Self: Poems in Response to History and Current Events (in-person seminar)

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

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Instructor: Margaret Mackinnon
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers (PayPal $62/$67)
Date/Time: Saturday, 3/2/24 | 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Joan Didion once said, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” All of us are surrounded by stories, whether these are accounts from history or the latest news items on the internet. How can we use poems to reflect on the past or present in ways that are insightful and personally meaningful? Is there a person or a moment in history that speaks to you? Perhaps a photograph from the present or past could become a way to engage with an issue that matters to you. In this workshop, we’ll share poems that speak to what has happened or is now occurring in the world around us. Examples of how other poets have responded to this idea are provided.

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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March 2
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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Margaret Mackinnon


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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