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**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Today you are a tree. No. Wait. You are the first woman to give birth on this island. You are Prentice Bloedel. You are the bridge, the butterfly, the fern that touches, for only a moment, the hand of a woman who carries a pink umbrella. You are that woman or the man she was. You are thirteen or forty or ninety-five. You are me. And you are going to find yourself through my voice.
In this generative class, Bloedel Creative Resident CMarie Fuhrman will introduce students to several different persona poems and personas taken on by artists. Students will talk in depth about the persona we create for ourselves as writers and the expectation given that persona. Students will be asked to take on one of several different beings, human and otherwise. They will quickly research this being and create a first draft of their temporary selves and perhaps find that time spent in the lives of others will help them speak with more confidence and better understanding of themselves and with the voice that is truly their own.
CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including Emergence Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Broadsided Press, Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, as well as several anthologies. CMarie is a regular columnist for the Inlander, the Translations Editor for Broadsided Press, Non Fiction Editor for High Desert Journal, and Director of the Elk River Writers Conference. She resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho.