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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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María Luisa Arroyo

multilingual poet & educator, multilingual poet & educator
Named in 2014 as the first Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA, multilingual Puerto Rican poet María Luisa Arroyo enjoys facilitating engaging poetry workshops, from ekphrastic ones at the annual Monson (MA) Arts Festival to narrative ones at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival (DC). Additionally, María Luisa has read and performed her poetry widely, including in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; and Puerto Rico. María Luisa has published or will... Read More →

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

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