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Poetry of Witness and Response: Workshop

  • April 04, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO

Poetry of Witness and Response

This event is free, but registration (see below) is required.

Nelson Mandela said, “Poetry cannot block a bullet or still a sjambok [whip], but it can bear witness to brutality—thereby cultivating a flower in a graveyard . . .” Throughout history, poets have felt a moral or ethical—or simply a personal—imperative to bear witness in their poetry to social and political acts of injustice. Such poetic witnessing has always been difficult and continues to be so today. What strategies can help us write passionate, powerful poems of response? Through select poems, guided discussion, and writing prompts the workshop will explore this question. 

 To register: click the link below to the Loveland Public Library event calendar:  

or Call Rebecca Strein at (970) 962-2765 and be sure to leave a message with your name, email, phone, and if you need any special accommodations.

These workshops are limited to 42 attending due to the size of the room. They fill up and often have waiting lists, so register early to assure your seat.

Evan Oakley is the Program Chair of the Department of English and Speech at Aims College. He has taught full-time at Aims since 1994. He teaches Composition, Communications and Humanities courses. He has served as Chair of the department since 2005. He is a recipient of the 2004 Faculty of the Year Award, the 2010-2011 Dean's Award, a Colorado Council of the Arts Award for Poetry. He has published in various journals and magazines, and is a 2016 HearStrong Champion recipient. 

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