Hidden Figures: How Inanimate Objects Help Us See Ourselves
How can writing behind the concealment of a mask both free and reveal us? What would your favorite blanket tell you if it could speak? Or the single hawk feather found on a trail in the deep woods? Or the radio tower looming over the city skyline? In this generative workshop, we will explore, through reading and writing our own work, how taking on the persona of the many inanimate figures that populate our lives can help us create poetic, surprising, and invigorating revelations about ourselves and the larger world.
Self-Portrait as C-Section Scar" by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
"Self-Portrait as a Meadow" by Linda Norton
"The Refrigerator Speaks of Love" by Scott Sigl
Originally from Pennsylvania, Alicia Hoffman now lives, writes, and teaches in Rochester, New York. Author of two collections, Like Stardust in the Peat Moss (Aldrich Press) and Railroad Phoenix (Kelsay Books), her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including Tar River Poetry, Radar Poetry, The Penn Review, Rust + Moth, Typishly, SOFTBLOW, and Escape Into Life. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. ww.aliciamariehoffman.com.