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When Poetry Meets Memoir: A Master Class with Anastacia-Renee

November 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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“…my eyes are always hungry
and remembering
however the image enters
its force remains.”

-Audre Lorde


When we engage with the intricacies of what the body cannot forget and interrogate the multiple ways to tell and retell the stories the mind remembers, we call it memoir. This masterclass encourages writers to take memoires from the past and present and infuse two or more poetic devices to create one new piece of multi-genre, hybrid work. We will push beyond simply recalling and culling our memories by blending memories (chronological or random) with poetic devices such as the haibun, epistolary poem, and the nines to create multi-genre, hybrid memoir poems. A sonnet in your haibun? Micro-flash fiction as part of a nines poem? An epistolary poem with a footnote? Perhaps you’ll let your memories intuitively guide the poetic forms in which they want to exist. We’ll discover new ways to achieve vivid “storytelling,” personal archiving, and point of view while creating work influenced by Jericho Brown, June Jordon, Bettina Judd, Juliet P. Howard, and Tommy Pico.

This FREE virtual master class is open to adult BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) writers. The class is limited to 100 participants who will be chosen by lottery. Registrations will be accepted October 15 to November 8, and chosen participants will be notified by November 10. Click here to register.

is a multigene writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, TEDX Speaker and Deep End Podcast co-host. She is a 2020 Arc Fellow (4Culture) and 2020 Jack Straw Curator. She is the recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington Artist, 2017-2019 Seattle Civic Poet, and the 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is the author of (v.) (Black Ocean Press), Forget It (Black Radish Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbook Press). Renee has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Mineral School, Hypatia in the Woods, and The New Orleans Writers Residency. Anastacia-Renee’s work has been published in Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American PoetrySpirited StoneFoglifterCascadia MagazinePinwheelThe Fight and the Fiddle, Glow, The A-Line, Ms. Magazine, Auburn Revue, and among other places. 


November 14
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Cave Canem