Class Description: Throughout human history, in all cultures, poetry has been known as a subversive art form that challenges people’s assumptions and upsets social norms. While in today’s society many people see poetry as a mere decoration, somehow separate from real-world concerns, many poets know that this couldn’t be further from the truth. In this reading and writing workshop we will explore the intersection of poetry and activism. The hope is that activists will turn to poetry to nourish them in the struggle, and poets will use language to speak truth to power. This workshop is open to participants of all levels of experience. Curious newcomers to poetry are especially welcome.
About the Instructor:
Jeannine M. Pitas is a writers, translator, and professor of English and Spanish at University of Dubuque. Her most recent collection of poetry is “thank you for dreaming,” published in February 2018 by Lummox Press.