Cynthia Manick

Poet and Storyteller

Cynthia Manick - Poet and Storyteller

Author of Blue Hallelujahs, Curator of Soul Sister Revue, and East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing

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6 Week Workshop: The Self: Autobiography &/in Poetic Forms

  • Poets House 10 River Terrace New York, NY, 10282 United States (map)

June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, and July 25

What does it mean to be the cartographer of the self? To write about its multitudes when the body is a frequency of flesh and heart? We show different sides of ourselves to different people and we play different roles in our lifetime – sister, brother, wife, lover, worker, etc. The class will explore different ways to document those roles and challenge poets to move beyond them through memory, sense, and voice. Participants will look at the work of Lucille Clifton, Ross Gay, Terrence Hayes, Brenda Shaughnessy, Vievee Francis, Ocean Vuong and others who interrogate identity in various ways. We will use different forms including confessional, profile, praise, and direct address to explore the way the “self” can emerge on the page and create a suite of portraits.