Writing the Civil, Writing the War: Poetry Workshop | Newberry

Writing the Civil, Writing the War: Poetry Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, February 22 – April 5 (class will not meet March 1)

10 am – 12:30 pm

Led by Valerie Wallace

Using the Newberry’s exhibition, Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North, and selected texts from slave narratives to recently-discovered work of Jupiter Hammon, to poems by Natasha Tretheway, Jake Adam York, and others, we will investigate the factual, emotional, and textual lessons of the Civil War. In a positive community environment of exploration and critical feedback, we will workshop pieces written during the week. Expect to leave the workshop with at least five new poems.

Valerie Wallace holds an MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught workshops throughout Chicago. She is an editor with RHINO Poetry and the author of The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping.

Materials List

  • The Classic Slave Narratives, edited and with an Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ISBN-10: 0451532139
  • Native Guard by Natasha Tretheway. ISBN-10: 0618872655

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $200.
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