COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!
Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she coaches individuals and groups toward building thriving, sustainable lives and organizations. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work recently appeared in Best American Poetry 2014, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review, and is forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review, Court Green, and Columbia Poetry Review. Her first full-length collection, “wine for a shotgun,” published by EM Press, received the Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards.
Topic: Writing In Time. The backdrop of history is omnipresent in poems, but in times of great upheaval like those we are living now, the backdrop becomes the forefront. What is the responsibility of the poet to speak of the times in which we find ourselves? How can we write our experience of these times in authentic ways that don’t appropriate the experience(s) of others? How can we allow political and/or historical elements to enter our poems without becoming didactic and pedantic? We’ll look at how poets ranging from WB Yeats to Wislowa Szymborska to Danez Smith have managed it, do manage it – and how we can as well.
Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued. *$5 – $10 donation appreciated.
This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.