In loss, we move from grief to closure to new spaces for experiencing life. Writing in hybrid genres that incorporate both prose and poetry, we’ll explore hope and loss, questioning where one ends and the other begins. While looking thematically at both, we’ll also place special emphasis on composing inviting opening lines and impactful closings. With elegant, innovative writers in hybrid like Paisley Rekdal, Kazim Ali, Maggie Nelson and Taisia Kitaiskaia as inspiration, at the end of our time together, you’ll have a pocketful of strategies, starts and last words.
Nina Adel is a writer, artist, musician, and educator originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nina studied songwriting and vocal performance at Berklee College of Music and holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from Belmont University and MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Her lyric essay Refugerehttps://blreview.org/nonfiction/refugere/ won the 2020 Bellevue Literary Review’s Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction. She has been published in Sweet Tree Review, matchbook, Selcouth Station, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, The Tennessean, Louisiana Folklife Studies Journal, New Sun Rising, and Storm Cycle, among others, and is a Glimmer Train honorable mention recipient. She has recently completed a hybrid, fictionalized memoir composed of linked flash pieces in prose and poetry. Nina speaks several languages, is a published translator and has written, co-produced, recorded and toured behind three albums of original music. She lives in the heart of Nashville alongside her two native Nashvillian children and two boisterous hounds and teaches writing at a local college. Read more of Nina’s work at http://ninaadel.com/ and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @writethinkspeak.
"Nina was excellent. I was unfamiliar with the hybrid genre prior to this class, and she provided a clear framework. Her passion and expertise were evident. It was a great class!"
"Nina did an incredible job a feeling of community in an online setting. As a newcomer to the hybrid from, she created an environment where I could learn, but that was still relevant and interesting for more experienced writers."
"Niña is such a smart, kind and loving spirit. She facilitates learning in a gentle manner and at the same time inspires and sparks joy about this learning process. I love learning with her and my classmates."