Grief and death are universal experiences. Every human has mourned or will mourn in their lifetime. Be it the loss of a loved one, the loss of time, or the many other losses in life, the elegy is a poetic form that historically expresses the deep lament felt by humanity. An elegy reflects, pays respects, and in some cases even turns towards hope, peace, or redemption. In this two-hour generative workshop we will use imaginative writing prompts to compose individual work that transforms these themes of loss and sorrow. We will look at examples of contemporary elegies and discuss ways to examine not only our own grief, but also examine the grief of the larger world and how we can render these subjects through the poetic lens.
Meg Wade is a National Poetry Series finalist and a former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin's Creative Writing Institute. Her chapbook, Slick Like Dark, won the 2017 Snowbound Chapbook Award and is now out from Tupelo Press. Meg has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and is a co-curator of Be Witched, a literary and arts event series. You can find her poems online, as well as various print journals and anthologies. She lives and writes in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Meg Wade was so encouraging and enthusiastic as a teacher. She was clearly so passionate about the materials, and was able to discuss the craft deeply and sharply. She lead workshops with incisive critiques that helped me reflect on my own work in new ways that have opened up new avenues for exploration of my art. Thank you!"
"Meg presented the material and models with great enthusiasm and created a really innovative exercise. She is so knowledgeable about poetry, but she knew just how much to feed us so that we could apply it to our own writing as a start."
"Meg Wade packs a lot of learning and writing into her classes. Meg's choice of examples and our discussion deepened my understanding of prose poetry. The prompt and subsequent discussion of our writing inspired several of us to continue working on the pieces we began. This was an informative and motivating workshop, and Meg's style of facilitating is welcoming and skilled."