BLOOD DAZZLER by Patricia Smith (2008 National Book Award finalist) is a collection of persona poems crafted to chronicle the losses of Hurricane Katrina. This powerful work will inform the class where we will discuss topics such as research, authentic voice and POV, responsibility, and the challenge of authority. Workshop will be geared to intermediate writers so if you have already experimented with persona that is a plus. But nothing is required other than to read the book and come with a ready, open mind.
*You will be expected to have read BLOOD DAZZLER by Patricia Smith before the workshop.
Catherine Moore is the author of several collections including her latest, Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht (Unsolicited Press. 2020), lyrical pieces in the voices of bog bodies. She is also the co-editor of FIOLET & WING: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry. A Hambidge fellow, her work is widely published and her honors include Yemassee Journal’s Fiction Prize, the Southeast Review’s Poetry Prize, and inclusion in the juried BEST SMALL FICTIONS. Catherine holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and she teaches. http://catherinemooreauthor.com/
Catherine Moore is so very eloquent and hugely relatable as an instructor. She moved through the class at a great pace and often checked in for feedback and discussion. I’m excited to read her work and take more classes/workshops with her! It’s rare to find highly applicable writing craft content with examples. Her well of empathy to all levels or writer and ability to bridge gaps between formulaic knowledge and inspiration to create is what makes her an absolute joy to learn from!