Upcoming Events

January 12, 2019


OPA Quarterly Business Meeting &
Poetry Workshop featuring Kathy Fagan

Otterbein College
Towers Hall, Room 110
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH 43081

In January, OPA welcomes OSU Professor and poet Kathy Fagan. It’s been a number of years since Kathy joined us for an afternoon of poetry, so we’re very excited to welcome her back and on the heels of releasing her latest collection, Sycamore. In describing the workshop, Kathy writes:

“Dickinson famously wrote: ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant.’ And Audre Lorde: ‘Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.’ This workshop focuses on how poets can and do weave narrative and lyric, the personal and political, autobiography and history in their poems. Based on readings and prompts, students will practice braiding techniques and other poetic strategies in a handful of writing exercises. This is a generative writing workshop. Among the writers we may look at as models: Layli Long Soldier, Susan Stewart, Claudia Rankine, Anne Carson, Terrance Hayes, Jos Feeld, Tarfia Faizullah, and Jericho Brown.”

Workshop Facilitator

Kathy Fagan’s fifth book is Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts and William Carlos Williams Poetry Prizes. Recent work appears in The New York Times, The Nation, The Bennington Review and Tin House. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council. Ohio’s 2017 Poet of the Year, Fagan directs the MFA Program at Ohio State, where she also serves as Series Co-Editor for the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize. She received her MFA from Columbia University and her PhD from University of Utah. Her first book, The Raft, won the National Poetry Series, and her second, MOVING & ST RAGE, the Vassar Miller Prize. Her website is www.kathyfagan.net.


AGENDA

10:30 AM–12:00 PM  Business Meeting
12:00–1:00 PM           Lunch Break
1:00–4:00 PM            Poetry Workshop

For a map and directions, click here.

Parking is available in the lot off W. Park Street. There is also plenty of on-street parking on Park Street, Grove Street, and College Avenue.


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