with Ranjana Varghese
Saturday October 26
In times of crises, people have always turned to art for solace and hope. In this one-day generative workshop we will look at poems by Claudia Rankine, Eavan Boland, Danez Smith, Audre Lorde, Wislawa Szymborska, Arthur Rimbaud, and Adam Zagajewski, to name a few, and discuss how their timeless poems resonate, beyond the historical moments within and about which they were written. We will look at the ways in which they use language and image to interrogate and inspire, to comfort and provoke. By doing so, we will identify moments of import that resonate with us, to which we respond by generating our own poems in order to help us (and others) understand, heal, and hope.
Ranjana Varghese’s work appears or is forthcoming in Blackbird, The Southeast Review, The Missouri Review, Louisville Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is the creative nonfiction editor of Oyster River Pages, an online literary and arts journal. She received her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston and her M.F.A. in fiction and poetry from the University of Maryland. Born in India and raised in the D.C. metropolitan area, she is a professor of literature, creative writing, and humanities in Houston.