COME AND SHOW US YOUR NEW WORK!
Evanston Public Library
ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
Church & Orrington
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Annah Browning hails from the foothills of South Carolina, but currently calls Chicago home. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from the Program for Writers at The University of Illinois-Chicago, and she is the author of a chapbook, The Marriage (Horse Less Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Verse Daily, Boulevard, Willow Springs, and other journals. She is poetry editor of Grimoire, an online literary magazine of dark arts.
Persona: What does it mean to speak in the voice of a character other than oneself inside a poem? What freedoms, truths, and perspectives can be gained from speaking through such masks, and how can we create the sensation of a compelling speaker within our own poems? We’ll examine poems from the dramatic monologue tradition by Robert Browning and James Tate, as well as more unconventional persona poems by Sally Wen Mao, Louise Glück, and Anne Sexton, before trying our hands at a persona-building poetry exercise.