The Personal Poem: Autobiographical and Cultural Themes

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This workshop will focus on how autobiography mediates and revivifies past events that surface in some perfected, universalized form. Through writing prompts, and mini-lectures on poetic craft and history of the genre, participants will learn how the very construction of the poem is a means to contain—and often transform—subjective material so that self-revelation can take place. Participants of all levels are invited—no previous poetry experience required.

About Judith Harris

Judith Harris, Ph.D., is the author of three books of poetry, Night Garden (Tiger Bark, 2013), Atonement (LSU, 2000) and The Bad Secret (LSU, 2006) and the acclaimed critical book, Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self Through Writing, a study of psychoanalytic processes underlying literary perception. Her poetry has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, The New York Times blog, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, and the syndicated column “American Life in Poetry,” among many other anthologies and journals. Her critical work and interviews have appeared widely. She is a recipient of a Yaddo fellowship and multiple arts grants and has taught at several universities in the D.C. area and has been a resident seminar leader at Frost Place and the University of North Iowa.

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