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Join teacher, poet, author and Piper Writers Studio Visiting Faculty Andrea Scarpino for two unique poetry workshop opportunities on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17. If you bundle both classes for the Poetry Writers Intensive, you save even more!
Scarpino joins the Piper Writers Studio from St. Louis, Missouri, and will be in town for only these two days to work with writers around the valley on building their skills in poetry as witness and in consideration of the body. Seats are limited, so register early.Poetry of Witness, Poetry as Trace: Nov. 16, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The poet Carolyn Forche describes poems of witness as bearing “the trace of extremity within them . . . the poem might be our only evidence that an act has occurred.” Traditionally, this has meant bearing witness to atrocities like war or genocide, but we will take a more expansive look at the form and how to bear witness to our own lives and to our own stories. This could include bearing witness to homophobia or racism, environmental degradation or sexual harassment (#metoo), but it could also include bearing witness to difficult relationships, to a health crisis or to the death of someone we love. In this workshop, we will read and discuss poems of witness, generate our own poems of witness through writing prompts and workshop our writing together.Poetry of the Body: Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sappho, Whitman, Neruda, Lorde, Olds — poets have always written the body. Whether writing about sex and the sensuousness of the body, pregnancy and childbirth, the body wrought by illnesses like cancer or the ways in which the body is shaped by social forces like racism and sexism, writing about our bodies can be an act of celebration, resistance, defiance, sadness — and so much more! This generative writing and discussion intensive workshop will focus on the different ways we can write about the body, and will include sample poems, writing prompts and workshop.
Original image credit: "De humani corporis fabrica," Andreas VesaliusAbout Andrea Scarpino
Andrea Scarpino is the author of the poetry collections "Once Upon Wing Lake" (Four Chambers Press, 2017), "What the Willow Said as it Fell" (Red Hen Press, 2016) and "Once, Then" (Red Hen Press, 2014). She received a doctorate in creative writing from Bath Spa University and an MFA from The Ohio State University. She has been published in numerous journals, is co-editor of Nine Mile Magazine and served as Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from 2015 to 2017. Her upcoming edited anthology is "Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice" (MSU Press).