In this session, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will discuss the “Poet as Witness” – how poets serve as historians, documentarians, and sometimes agitators. What does it mean when the poet weaves personal/autobiographical narratives with more traditional documentary modes such as exposition, interview, and persona? The session also includes samples of documentary poets such as Carolyn Forché, Kwame Dawes, Natasha Trethewey, and Patricia Smith. The writing component features a YouTube video that participants will respond to in a doc-poem writing exercise.
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Jaki Shelton Green will be the featured guest for the October 16 edition of the Pedestal Magazine Reading Series, part of our free monthly Wednesdays@Lit. Info