In this generative workshop, poet and memoirist Pauletta Hansel will introduce two forms that each offer two lenses through which to examine your life. The diptych is primarily a prose form wherein you can lay side-by-side two differing views of the same subject, or two subjects in which you hope to find commonalities. The duplex is a poetic form developed by Jericho Brown with a similar mirroring effect. We’ll look at examples of both and each will choose one in which to draft a piece—with time for sharing.
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. https://paulettahansel.wordpress.com/
Pauletta is new to The Porch. Welcome!