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Reading Poetry as a Poet: Transgender Poetry, with John Sibley Williams

September 17 @ 5:25 pm - 6:55 pm

Poetry provides an outlet for the expression of varied life experiences: proving a useful tool in bolstering solidarity by finding common struggles within communities, and creating an accessible, visible space for those whose experiences may not be fully understood by people not within the community.

There are many shared themes within poetry written by transgender artists, including intersecting identities, family dynamics, and political angst. Viewing these topics through the lens of poetry supports extremely personal and powerful representations of trans lives.

In each session, we will study the poetry of one renowned transgender artist, including textual analysis of four poems along with supplementary material like interviews, video, and audio recordings of the artist’s work.

For weekly readings and supplementary materials, please view the following:



Week 1: September 3, 2019: Cameron Awkward-Rich

Week 2: September 10, 2019: Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

Week 3: September 17, 2019: torrin a. greathouse

Week 4: September 24, 2019: Christopher Soto

Teacher bio:

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a poetry editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and literary agent. Visit him at https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com.


September 17
5:25 pm - 6:55 pm
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