On the Edge—Poetry that Won’t Be Silenced


Throughout history, some poets have been outspoken in their opposition to war, genocide, racism, corporate greed, ecological destruction, human rights abuses, and injustices. We’ll use as models poems from Sherman Alexie, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Sandra Cisneros, Natalie Diaz, Martin Espada, Carolyn Forche, Allen Ginsberg, Joy Harjo, Pablo Neruda, Patricia Smith, Gary Snyder, Wislava Szymborska, and others, who have spoken out against injustice. Participants will be given writing exercises to generate poems of witness/social concern on topics of their choosing. Class fee includes a free signed copy of Pamela Uschuk’s Crazy Love (Wings Press).

Dates: Sun., April 6 | 1–4pm
Fee: $75
Class Limit: 15

Political activist and wilderness advocate Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, and Wild in the Plaza of Memory. A new collection of poems, Blood Flower, is scheduled for publication in 2014. Uschuk is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Fort Lewis College. She is currently working on a multi-genre book called The Book of Healers Healing: A Cancer Odyssey.


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