At the core of most women’s lives is, for better or worse, her mother. Through short samples and poignant prompts, participants will write about the beautiful, fraught, and complex mother/daughter relationship. They will leave the day with several pieces of writing started and a renewed sense of interest in exploring the women in their worlds. Women of all experiences and cultures welcome.
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Three hours of class time will be followed by 1.5 hours of a wine-and-cheese social and an opportunity to share work you have written in class.
Terry Blackhawk is the founder and Executive Director Emerita of Detroit ‘s acclaimed InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a poets-in-schools program serving over 5,000 youth per year. She began teaching English in 1968 after graduating from Antioch College , and took up writing poetry, herself, when she was already teaching it to her students. “I thought, ‘If I’m asking them to do this, I should have the same experience myself.’ I fell in love with it. I became a poet. It’s who I am.” Terry’s poetry collections include Body & Field (Michigan State University Press, 1999), Escape Artist (BkMk Press, 2003), selected by Molly Peacock for the John Ciardi Prize; and The Dropped Hand (Marick Press, 2007).
Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships from Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Kysar recently served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and teaches at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the Loft Literary Center and lives with her family in St. Paul.
Former Kansas poet laureate Denise Low is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Mélange Block and Ghost Stories of the New West, a Kansas Notable Book Award and recognized by The Circle of Minneapolis as among the best Native American Books of 2010. Her book of essays Natural Theologies: Essays about Literature of the New Middle West is the first book about contemporary grasslands-region literature. Low has been visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Richmond and Kansas University. She taught at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, where she founded the creative writing program. Awards and fellowships are from the Roberts Foundation, Lichtor Poetry Prize, Kansas Arts Council, and Sequoyah National Research Center for study of the works of Yuki poet William Oandasan. She and her husband Thomas Pecore Weso co-publish Mammoth Publications, an independent press that specializes in Indigenous American and Great Plains poetry and literary prose.