Poetry Vs. Trauma

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Although we make no promises, what could be a better way to get through Halloween and Election Day than by learning how poetry has helped writers to heal trauma and prevent post-traumatic stress syndrome? Guided by an internationally published and anthologized author of metrical poems, you will explore the science behind this — including an essay by the late psychoanalyst-playwright-poet Frederick Feirstein — and then put these methods to use in writing new poems. The workshop will include close attention to musical qualities of poetry, readings and discussion of time-honored poems, class writing exercises, and master-class-style workshopping of participants’ poems.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary’s villanelles, sonnets, and other metrical poems appear in journals and anthologies internationally. (For examples online, see: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=claudia+gary+poem&t=h_&ia=web .) She has chaired panels including “The Sonnet in 2016” and “Poetry and Science” (2019) at the West Chester University Poetry Conference, and panels on Poetry and Music at both the WCU and Frost Farm poetry conferences. Author of Humor Me (2006) and chapbooks including Genetic Revisionism (2019), Claudia is a three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and a 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht award (Waywiser). Her poems have appeared in many journals including American Arts Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, Angle, Antiphon, Chronicles, Light, Loch Raven Review, Mezzo Cammin, Poet Lore, The Rotary Dial, and String Poet; as well as anthologies including Villanelles (2012), The Great American Wise-Ass Poetry Anthology (2016), and Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (2018). She is also a health science writer for vvaveteran.org, a composer of art songs and chamber music, and a former poetry editor. See pw.org/content/claudia_garyfollow @claudiagary.

Teaching Style: Claudia loves to see students have fun discovering something they never knew they could do. She starts with a close reading of good poems, then alternates among writing, reading, exercises, and so on, to keep the class session dynamic.


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