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 the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (Norton, 2015), Holding Company (Norton, 2010); Hoops (2006, Norton, 2006); and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia Press, 2002). Recently, he served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and as the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College. He has taught at Columbia University, Xavier University of Louisiana, 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.