Poetry is Not a Luxury

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Facilitator: Ashley M. Jones
Dates: April 6 – May 1, 2020
Genre: Fiction
Class Size: 10

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Session Description

Audre Lorde told us that poetry is necessary for our survival. Poets are society’s mirror, its record keepers—we hold the world accountable. In this workshop, we will study and write poetry that tells these necessary stories, voicing from within our personal spheres out to the world around us. By keeping company with such poets as Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, Kevin Young, Lucille Clifton, and Terrance Hayes, we will explore many ways to share power from within the personal. This workshop will feature close readings and discussions, generative prompts and traditional critique.

Author Bio

Ashley M. Jones is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press, 2017), winner of the silver medal in poetry from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, and dark // thing (Pleiades Press, 2019), winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Sun, Academy of American Poets, pluck!, Tupelo Quarterly, and many others. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, and she holds an MFA in poetry from Florida International University. She lives and teaches in Birmingham, Alabama, where she directs the Magic City Poetry Festival.