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Finding the Lyric Essay or Poem in Family Stories

Apr 29
Apr 29
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT
Pauletta Hansel
The Porch House at 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
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Family stories can help create the path into a greater understanding of our individual and collective history. Often they document a relationship to place, and create windows into the past for both current and future generations. In this generative workshop, writer and teacher Pauletta Hansel will help participants choose stories to mine for their personal and cultural significance, and craft them in such a way that they are not (or not only) a chronological telling, but have emotional and symbolic resonance for both writer and reader. We will consider several examples of poems and lyric essays that use story to do this work, and each participant will have the opportunity to create and share a first draft of your own.

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Pauletta Hansel’s nine poetry collections include Heartbreak Tree, a poetic exploration of the intersection of gender and place in Appalachia, and Palindrome was winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for poetry. Pauletta’s writing is featured in Oxford American, Rattle, and Poetry Daily, among others. Pauletta was the 2022 Writer-in-Residence for The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, previously having served as Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate (2016-2018), Thomas More University’s first Writer in Residence (2012-2015), and WordPlay Cincy’s first Writer in Residence (2015-2016).  She is past managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative, and served as guest editors for the 2021 Lexington Poetry Month Anthology and Now and Then Magazine, among others.

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