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Saturday, May 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
It’s Not About You—Writing the Persona Poem Workshop FULL

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Sometimes a poem calls for a different voice—one that’s not your own. Writing using a persona frees you to write about difficult subjects or experiences, helps a poet avoid sentimentality or self-indulgence. Persona releases you from the constraints of time and space—you can speak as a Civil War nurse, a Neanderthal, or Queen Nefertiti. You can be a space alien or your goldfish. A persona can give you an immediate authority with being preachy. Or it can just be fun. How does a poet create an authentic voice, true in tone, diction, knowledge? In this workshop we will examine personae and how poets successfully create them. We will look at the work of a small, diverse group of poets. Then we will put on the mask, write a persona poem of our own. For whom will you speak? How will you answer the call of your poem?

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Dawn Paul

Writing/Interdisciplinary Faculty, Montserrat College of Art
Dawn Paul teaches writing and interdisciplinary studies at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Nassau Review and the Lindenwood Review. Dawn has an MFA from Goddard... Read More →
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Cindy Veach

Cindy Veach is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, fall 2017). She has taught poetry at the University of Oregon, where she received an MFA. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, The Journal, The North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School Room 3 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970