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Writing Toward the Boundaries of Grief and God with Erin Noehre

Date(s): Tuesdays, June 18 - 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Flash, Poetry, Spiritual Writing
Cost: Free

About the Class

In this generative workshop will explore the ways poets have used the epistolary form to scatter grief to the heavens to relieve the pressure of pain that may have grown anger, resentment, and bitterness within us. The “god” here is not a religious god, but instead any figure, creature, or higher power we feel is a possible arch to throw our bereavement over. In this two-part workshop, we’ll discuss a few poems that use this form and examine how they use language to connect our bodies to grief. Then we will do some generative exercises and meet again to discuss how the process went for us and read each other's work to provide feedback.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of Erin Noehre

Erin Noehre is a Midwestern-born poet currently living and writing in Tempe, Arizona where she is an M.F.A. candidate at Arizona State University and an associate editor at Hayden’s Ferry Review. She is the recipient of an Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship from the Graduate College at Arizona State University as well as the Dr. Russell Brock Memorial Scholarship for Non-Technical Writing. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming from The Poetry Spot in AZCentral, Northern Lights (2016 award for best poetry), and Sonora Review.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at