New Class!

Trauma and Poetics

Friday, November 2nd, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

This class is dedicated to immersing writers into the experience of healing, testifying, and reclaiming power over trauma within the poetic form. We will explore the powerful role language plays in confronting and mending our relationship with trauma. The early part of the class will focus on belonging and norming: in integrating a sense of belonging for all members of the workshop, a foundation of trust can be developed for writers to share their own work. We will then focus on reading and examining poetry by Kevin Young, Li-Young Li, Danez Smith, Claudia Rankine and others. The latter part of the workshop will be spent writing and sharing new work based on in-class prompts and gathering feedback. Students can expect to leave inspired to continue building on the discussions and work produced in class.


Tatiana Mary Rebecca Johnson
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


  • Poetry

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