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A Craft Talk by Visiting Writer Charlotte Pence: "Sculpting Another Self: Using Persona in Poetry"

Apr 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
The Porch Headquarters, 2811 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204

Join us for a craft discussion and brunch-time reading with Visiting Writer Charlotte Pence. We'll have coffee and pastries to share, and Pence will read from her work immediately following the discussion.

"Sculpting Another Self: Using Persona in Poetry"

What do Robert Browning, Patricia Smith, T.S. Eliot, Beyoncé, and the Beatles all have in
common? They all have used persona at some point in their careers to expand their subjects,
experiment with technique, and widen their range. At its basic definition, a persona is a
character, distinguished from the poet, who is the speaker of a poem. That definition,
though, hides the radical, imaginative power of personae. If done correctly, a persona can
become its own being who breathes new life into your poetry. In this discussion, Creative
Writing Director at University of South Alabama Charlotte Pence, who is a practitioner of
the persona poem, will offer strategies for creating personae that differ from yourself in
order to reinvigorate your poetry.

About Charlotte:

Charlotte Pence’s new book of poems, Code, received the 2020 Book of the Year award from
Alabama Poetry Society and was a finalist for Foreword Reviews Indie Poetry Book of 2020.
Code details not only the life cycle of birth and death, but also the means of this cycle: DNA
itself. Her first book of poems, Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), won Foreword
’ silver medal award in poetry. Both poetry books weave together personal experience
and scientific exploration. She is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the
editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have
recently been published in Harvard Review, Poetry, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, and
Brevity. A graduate of Emerson College (MFA) and the University of Tennessee (PhD), she is
now the director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at University of South Alabama.


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