Summer Workshop Program 2024

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Porsha Olayiwola (Re)Memory & Omission July 28 to August 2, 2024 Time 9 am - 12 pm Discipline: Poetry Intermediate/Advanced On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
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Transcendent work leaves a reader with a sense of wonder and mystery, oftentimes by withholding details. Narrators are gifted magical powers, able to control the amount and the kind of information a reader takes in. This includes the power to leave out context and omit information. Participants in this poetry-hybrid writing workshop will spend time looking at memory and memory’s relationship to absence. Participants will work on pieces that explore the power yielded when we build our own context or deconstruct the context surrounding who and what we are made of. Using the framework of Toni Morrison’s rememory and work from Ellen Bryant Voigt, Rachel McKibbens, Jesmyn Ward, and others, this workshop will not only question what happens when we narrate our own stories but also when we invite participants to think about imaginative ways to reshape, and un-shape, truth as craft move.


Porsha Olayiwola is an individual world poetry slam champion and the author of the collection i shimmer sometimes, too. Olayiwola is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Boston. She is a 2020 Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate Fellow. Olayiwola is the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University.

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