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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 6 Weeks

Black Poets and the Persona Poem

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Class Description

In this generative class, BiPOC poets will learn from the long tradition of Black poets using persona poems to transcend the confessional, retell and subvert historical narratives, and make space for themselves to sing in a multiplicity of voices. We'll make use of the persona's invitation to step outside of our own consciousness and into the voice of another with empathy and understanding. In this generative class writing will take place inside the classroom. Students will be invited to share up to two pieces each class. One that will be written during class in response to a guiding text, and one piece that has been revised. Students will be encouraged to write poems from the perspective of historical figures, fictional or imagined characters, and even write from the perspective of family and community members. As guides we will read work by poets such as Natasha Trethewey, Shane McCrae, Evie Shockley, Rita Dove, Vivee Francis and Tyhimba Jess among many others. By the end of our time together students will have written and revised 5 new pieces.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!