Forward in Light: Writing Restorative Poetry
Facilitator: Mitchell L H. Douglas
Dates: February 11 – March 8, 2019
Class Size: 10
Many agree that there is restorative power in the act of reading poetry, but how do you grow from a reader to a writer of poems with the ability to heal? Through the inspiration of odes, praise songs, and collaboration, this workshop will facilitate opportunities for self-care and an understanding of the poet’s role in improvingthe quality of life in their community.
Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of dying in the scarecrow’s arms, \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books), Crab Orchard Review, and Ninth Letter, and among others. He is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem graduate, and Associate Professor of English at IUPUI.