Poet JoAnn Balingit will offer a talk and a writing workshop on the process of revision. She will walk participants through six drafts of a poem she wrote, from notebook scribble to lyric elegy. What began as a description of a bird became an alternate vision of her father with whom, via agency of the poem, she could share sorrow. The revision workshop leads students through exercises meant to consider how well a poem’s surface narrative communicated the emotional impulse that triggered the poem, and how syntax/tension propels a reader through a poem to participate in its emotion. We will discuss how to use contradiction, taboo, and figurative language to add excitement and voice to a poem.
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JoAnn Balingit is a poet, teacher and arts-in-education advocate, and has taught creative writing at the University of Delaware, Delaware Public Libraries and Delaware Division of the Arts writing retreats. An Assistant Editor with YesYes Books, she is state coordinator for Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud program. Her full-length collection, Words for House Story, was a 2015 Best Books selection at Beltway Poetry. She is the author of two chapbooks, Forage, which won the Whitebird Chapbook Prize, and Your Heart and How It Works, which was awarded the Global Filipino Literary Award. She is working on a memoir about coming to terms with her parents’ violent deaths, family secrets, guilt, race, class, forgiveness, and love.