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A Letter to An Ancestor: Epistolary Poetry with Pauletta Hansel

Wednesday
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Feb 8
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12:00 - 1:00 PM CT
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$15 • Online via Zoom

You are invited to join writer Pauletta Hansel for a generative workshop on writing letter poems to our departed ancestors. Who would you like to address? A beloved grandparent? A crotchety aunt? The first of your line to arrive in what perhaps was not yet America? The epistolary poem is as ancient as Sappho and as modern as our current US poet laureate. Come try it out!

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/

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