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Write Here, Write Now: Anaphora Anaphora with Shelley Wong

Date(s): Monday, February 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Genre and Form(s): Experimental, Poetry
Cost: $5

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About this Event

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a monthly pop-up workshop every 4th Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

This month: Anaphora with Shelley Wong!

Anaphora uses a repeated phrase or word at the beginning of a line, and poets often use it for obsessive poems, varying the content it contains to keep the reader locked in and leaping. In this workshop, we'll study how poems by Matthew Olzmann, Ada Limon, Solmaz Sharif, and others move and accumulate through anaphora, what makes these poems surprising, and ways in which we enter and exit the poem. Together, we'll generate our own anaphora poems and experiment, taking our obsessions as far as they can go.

About the Author

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Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears, winner of the 2019 Pamet River Prize and forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2022, and the chapbook RARE BIRDS (Diode Editions, 2017). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and Poetry Northwest. She has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from MacDowell, Kundiman, and Vermont Studio Center. She is an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts and lives in San Francisco.