Writing About Trauma in Poetry and Nonfiction
How do we write about trauma even as it writes and rewrites us? In this cross-genre course, we’ll investigate our responsibilities as writers of trauma and discuss the ways in which we can ethically contextualize our content to readers. Class members will be encouraged to participate in writing exercises related to image, narrative, and rhetoric, but everyone will decide how much writing to share and read. As a safe space to discuss the craft of writing about trauma, we’ll consider the ecotone—that is, the region of transition—between the two genres. Both poets and nonfiction writers are encouraged to apply.
Emilia Phillips (she/her/hers) is the author of three poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, most recently Empty Clip (2018), and four chapbooks, including Hemlock (Diode Editions, 2019). Winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, Phillips’s poems, lyric memoirs, and poetry reviews appear widely in literary publications including Agni, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She’s now at work on Wound Revisions: Memoirs and a poetry collection.