Writing to Imagine Ourselves: A Poetry Workshop
“I rhyme / to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.” –Seamus Heaney, “Personal Helicon”
So much of writing poetry is a discovery and honoring of the self. When we are attentive and when we courageously listen to the spirit of our moment, we find the language that reveals who we are, how we imaginatively respond to the world around us, and give voice to our personal joys and collective crises. The poem emerges as a testament of our existence. This generative workshop invites participants to write new poems based on exercises and guided discussions meant to explore ways we can open a door into ourselves and celebrate what is found there. All levels of writers are welcomed.
Major Jackson is author of four collections of poetry, most recently Roll Deep, which won the 2016 Vermont Book Award and was hailed in the New York Times Book Review as “a remixed odyssey.” Jackson has published poems, essays, and book reviews in American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and New York Times Style Magazine. He has taught widely at writing conferences and as distinguished visiting writer at Baruch College, Columbia University, New York University, and University of Massachusetts - Lowell as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among other honors. The Richard A. A. Dennis Professor of English at the University of Vermont, Major Jackson serves as the poetry editor of the Harvard Review.