Finding Your Voice Through Theirs: The Persona Poem (Online)

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Class time is Pacific Standard Time, Class Code: WI041021MC
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    Registration will close on Thursday, April 8th at 10:00 AM.

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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.

Instructor Bio:

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.  

Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre public garden on Bainbridge Island focused on horticulture, stewardship, creativity, and well-being.  Bloedel's Creative Residency program welcomes artists for three-week stays to develop work in their discipline connecting creativity & the environment.  BARN is delighted to partner with Bloedel Reserve to bring you this creative learning opportunity. 

Additional Details:

  • Registration for this event will close on Thursday, April 8th at 10:00 AM.
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialPlease make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
  • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the class. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.

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