Lillian-Yvonne Bertram teaches Find Your Voice: A Poetry Workshop
Meet our exciting new instructor!
Find your voice extol numerous writing books and advice columns (as if it was lost and finding it is the secret key). In this class we will start by discussing just what that means to us. We have heard it before and may even have come to think that reading and imitating other work somehow pollutes our own voices. Yet imitation needn’t be threatening.
In this class we will discuss what it means to be inspired by, imitate, and adapt in the context of “voice”. We will write and experiment with these concepts. Participants should have experience reading and writing in a workshop-like setting and should be open to generating new and adventurous writing. We will be reading specific poems, examining them with an eye to adapting and translating structures, moves, premises, and even ambience into our own work by doing exercises and generating poems. Doing so will help open up new directions and possibilities for our writing.
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award and published by Red Hen Press. She has been a Bread Loaf Writers’ Confererence work-study scholar, a writer-in-residence at the Montana Artists’ Refuge, and is a Cave Canem alumna. Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Narrative Magazine, Subtropics, The Winter Anthology and other journals. She received first place in the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars poetry contest, has won the Gulf Coast Magazine Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, and was the winner of the 2011 Winter Anthology contest. Her manuscript a slice from the cake made of air was a finalist for the 2011 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize. Bertram is a graduate of the writing programs at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a 2009-2011 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College where she taught creative writing and literature. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is a Vice-Presidential Fellow at the Univiersity of Utah and occasionally reads and writes poetry at the Parklane senior living community.
You can read more about Lillian at her website: lillianbertram.com