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Doorways Into Ekphrasis

Ama Codjoe is the Gary Stonum Writer in Residence at Case Western Reserve University this spring. As a benefit to the community, she will be leading a free writing workshop at Literary Cleveland on Tuesday, February 27 from 5-6pm (limited to 20 participants).

In this generative workshop, participants will discuss ekphrastic writing: writing about art. Together we will engage in close reading and close looking. Workshop attendees will leave with a draft of a poem, and with prompts for further and future writing. No prior writing experience is needed. Please come prepared to write longhand.

Presented in partnership with Case Western Reserve University. 
Ama Codjoe is the author of Bluest Nude (Milkweed Editions, 2022), winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and finalist for both the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Blood of the Air (Northwestern University Press, 2020), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. She has been awarded support from Bogliasco, Cave Canem, Robert Rauschenberg, and Saltonstall foundations as well as from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, Yaddo, Hawthornden, MacDowell, and the Amy Clampitt Residency. She is a sister in the collective Poets at the End of the World. Her poems have twice appeared in the Best American Poetry series. Among other honors, Codjoe has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the New York State Council/New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation. Codjoe is the 2023 Poet-in-Residence at the Guggenheim Museum. She is the winner of a 2023 Whiting Award.


Details: Doorways Into Ekphrasis with Ama Codjoe takes place Tuesday, February 27 from 5:00-6:00pm in person at the Literary Cleveland (13002 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120).

Prerequisite: None.

Genre: Poetry.

Level: All experience levels welcome.

Format: Generative writing and craft-based discussion.

Location: This class takes place in person at Literary Cleveland's offices: 13002 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120. 

Size: Limited to 20 participants.
Accommodations: If you have any questions in advance of this class or require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate please reach out to Michelle Smith at 216-400-9488. 

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