Writing Poems Through the Great Stories

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Facilitator: Diane Gilliam
Dates: August 19- September 13, 2019
Genre: Poetry
Class Size: 10

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Session Description

Transpersonal stories such as fairy tales, myths and sacred stories can be understood as templates for some of our most basic human patterns–as guides for archetypal human experiences. When they are brought to bear on our singular lived experiences, the deep meanings of the collective and the individual can illuminate and amplify each other. Poems that bring together the personal and the transpersonal help keep such stories alive, and in so doing they make for themselves and their subjects a claim on the cultural authority, universality, and deep wisdom of the story they borrow. We will talk about the nature of these stories, read poets who engage with them to identify strategies, and discover our own poetic strategies for connecting individual experiences to the larger stories they are part of.

Author Bio

Diane Gilliam is the author of four collections of poetry: Dreadful Wind & Rain, Kettle Bottom,One of Everything and Recipe for Blackberry Cake (chapbook). She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Ohio State University. She teaches in community workshops and as guest faculty in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has received an Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing, the Ohioana Library Association Poetry Book of the Year Award and a Pushcart Prize. She is the most recent recipient of the Gift of Freedom from the A Room of Her Own Foundation.