Erasure Poetry

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Erasure poems are where the love of language, playfulness, and discovery meet to create something new and startling. From playful wordplay to a creative response to political redaction and systemic violence, the act of erasure can create poems that evoke and challenge while being very fun to make. We’ll look at a variety of erasure poems—from Mary Reufle, Tracy K. Smith, Layli Long Soldier, Solmaz Sharif, and others—to inspire and guide us. Join us to erase some new poems, free your creative spirit, and share some creations in this hands-on, no-experience-necessary class.

About Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg is the author of the award-winning poetry collection, Trace, and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a certified professional coach, she has helped hundreds of writers to publish, tame their inner critics, and add more creativity, balance, and intentionality to their lives. She also leads annual women's writing retreats. 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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