Writing to Imagine Ourselves: A Poetry Workshop

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Major Jackson
Week 9: August 4 to August 9
ORIENTATION: August 4, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 5-9, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of our Poetry Festival.


“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 that 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. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and The New York Times. He is the Richard A. Dennis Professor of English at the University of Vermont and the recipient of honors from The Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Whiting Writers Award, and The Pushcart Prize. He serves as poetry editor of the Harvard Review.