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There's No "I" in Poetry: Exploring Creative Ways to Begin a Poem

Starting a poem can be challenging. Too often a writer enters a poem in the same eye-witnessing way, using "I" to begin. This is often a trap in identity-themed poems.

Getting out of our own way can give a poem room to find its way. This class will provide you with different strategies for beginning a poem and provide examples of poems with great entry lines.

Instructor: Kelly Harris-DeBerry received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge. Before leaving Cleveland for love, she was a recipient of MOCA's Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artists Award and The Akron Museum of Art Poetry Prize. Kelly was also a former board member for the Poets and Writers League of Greater Cleveland. Since then, she has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and Cave Canem. Some of her recent publishing credits include The National Parks Service Centennial Commemoration publication with Sonia Sanchez; Yale University's Caduceus Journal; Southern Review; Say It Loud: Poems for James Brown; and many more. Now living in New Orleans, Kelly continues as a poet, freelance writer, literary curator, and owner of a small communications boutique that serves nonprofits and artists. She is currently the New Orleans Literary Coordinator for Poets & Writers, Inc. Her debut book, Freedom Knows My Name (Xavier Review Press), was published in August 2020: FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME | kellyhd.com

Details: There's No "I" in Poetry: Exploring Creative Ways to Begin a Poem takes place Mondays June 14, 21 & 28 from 6:00-8:00pm remotely through Zoom. 

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