Poetry Forum Workshop with Sara Henning – Sunday, 9-27-15



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink, 2013), as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (Dancing Girl Press, 2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012).  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, and RHINO. Winner of the 2015 Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, she is currently a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as associate editor of Sundress Publications.

Topic: Writing the Drama of the Self. One need only turn to Emerson, Whitman, and Dickinson to concede that American writing is, as poet Kathleen Ossip contends, grounded in the drama of the self. In a current environment of  experimentation and hybridity, the confessional mode is becoming critically revivified, as current critics and writers toss around forms that have developed in its stead — the neo-confessional.  Indeed, to reject the form celebrated by Sexton, Lowell, and Plath is to discard a genre that has the potential to humanize its readers. We’ll trace a lineage from the groundbreaking confessional writers through post-confessional poets such as Glück, Levine, and Olds, who dramatized the self through taming the ego and lyrical epiphanies. And we’ll look at some neo-confessional writers such as Natalie Diaz, Jake Adam York, and Matt Rasmussen, who dramatize facets of the self in order to interrogate cultural repercussions in our society at large.



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