The Machinery of Illusion: The Thin Line between Poetry and Reality in Performance


Many poets write using the true stories in their lives. The performance poet strives to speak to the inner truth of a situation which rarely is the same as the facts alone. This course will explore the line between fact and fiction and how to blend the two. We will begin by examining the myths in your family story and comparing them to the actual facts. In examining the space between the two, we will come to understand their essence—or truth. From there, we will use writing exercises and discussion to inspire and create new poems.

Instructor: Natalie Illum
Date: Sat., Sept 21 | 9-3pm (1-hour lunch break)
CPE Credits: 5 Language Arts
Fee: $95
Class Limit: 15

Natalie-IllumNatalie E. Illum has competed on the National Poetry Slam circuit since 2008, and is the 2013 Beltway Grand Slam Champion. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Word Warriors: 35 Women of the Spoken Word Revolution, Full Moon on K Street, Feminist Studies and on NPR’s Snap Judgment. Natalie has also self-published two chapbooks, Ground Lover and On Writer’s Block and Acrobats. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from American University.

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