“Dealing with Ghosts” poetry workshop, North Carolina Writers Network, Fall 2021.
Synopsis: What is it that haunts your poetry? This class is concerned with how to write into ghostly presence and ghostly absence in your work—how to approach the spectral histories of your writing. We will look at who and what are treated as ghosts in American poetry—specifically focusing on examples from C.D. Wright and Deborah Luster’s collaborative One Big Self, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Aracelis Girmay’s The Black Maria and Muriel Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead. We will also write responsively to a ghostly prompt together, and discuss practical resources (cemeteries, genealogy, family oral traditions) for engaging your ghosts.
Past Courses, Workshops and Panels:
Deep Roots: Exploring Generational Ties to North and South Carolina, with Jaki Shelton Green, Derek Berry, Len Lawson and Ayla Samli. Hosted by the North Carolina Humanities and South Carolina State Library. June 24, 2021.
“Digging Up Bones: Writing Your Past” workshop with Scuppernong Books workshop series: Five Ways of Looking at Poetry. April 29, 2021.
Pedagogy Workshop for Duke Doctoral Students
FLASH/DAZZLE/GLEAM: A Short Form Writing Workshop. Conducted at Duke University for the undergraduate student writing group, The Writers’ Collective.
Politics and Erasure: A Poetry of Resistance. Workshop conducted at Duke University for the undergraduate student writing group, The Writers’ Collective.
Undergraduate courses: Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Writing Poetry, The Devil in English Literature