Persona Poems

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Persona poems are very freeing for both poets and prose writers—giving us a fun way to explore diction, voice, and tone. From the Latin word for “mask,” persona poems allow us to speak truth via another person’s voice, or tackle subjects in the guise of a mythical or historical figure. Like a good acting role, they let us take on another life and discover something about ourselves in a surprising or deeper way. We’ll look at a variety of persona poems and begin to write some of our own.

About Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg, author of the award-winning poetry collection, Trace, has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and others. As a certified professional coach, she offers women’s writing retreats and helps writers to finish projects, tame their inner critics, and add more ease and productivity to their creative lives. More about her at:

Teaching Style: With over 25 years of teaching expertise, Melanie is a skilled and generous instructor. Her classes are well-organized but flexible—and include an effective combination of discussion, lecture, and in-class exercises/workshops. She also offers detailed, helpful feedback on student work with clear ideas of how to proceed with revision. Melanie is determined that students leave her classes with new skills, a deeper understanding of craft, and a lasting excitement for writing and reading.


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