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Saturday, April 30 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
To Refract the Complexity of Our Lives, Write American Ghazals FILLING

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Thanks to Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001), who redefined the ghazal within our complex American context, more than 100 contemporary poets, including Natasha Tretheway, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Patricia Smith, and Margaret Szumowski (1949-2013), have written and published American ghazals.This engaging and interactive workshop invites participants to read aloud a few American ghazals (pronounced guzzles) so that we may discuss together how published poets are channeling their diverse creative, cultural and experiential experiences into this intriguing form. As a group, we will then strive to write a first draft of a ghazal; on the spot, participants will determine whether we write a first draft of a collaborative ghazal or individual ones. Participants will leave with a greater appreciation of this lyrical poetic form.

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Maria Luisa Arroyo

multilingual poet & educator

Saturday April 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Charter School 1 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970