3/24/2019 Joining the Conversation: Poetry Workshop with Susanna Lang


Evanston Public Library
ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
Church & Orrington

March 24, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm

Joining the Conversation with Susanna Lang

Epigraphs, a quotation from another writer set between the title and the body of the poem, are not fashionable—if you flip through the pages of The Best American Poetry anthologies, you will find very few.   But one of the joys of writing is that we get to join the big conversation that is literature.  We can have an intimate talk with Sappho (who’s been dead for thousands of years) or with a Nobel Prize winner (who doesn’t know we exist), or with a friend who writes and shares writing with us.  It’s a great way to jolt ourselves out of a writing block, too. In this workshop, we’ll look at poems that begin with epigraphs, and talk about how we write back to another poet while still creating original poems that speak to readers.  

Susanna Lang’s newest collection of poems, Travel Notes from the River Styx, was released in summer 2017 from Terrapin Books. Her last collection was Tracing the Lines (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013).  A two-time Hambidge fellow, her poems have appeared in such publications as Little Star, Prairie Schooner, December, American Life in Poetry and Verse Daily. Her translations of poetry by Yves Bonnefoy include Words in Stone and The Origin of Language.  She teaches at The Chicago High School for the Arts. More information available at www.susannalang.com.