Memory as Arc: A Poetic Archiving of Your Archives
In this creative writing retreat, participants will move along their arcs of memories and take notice of the themes and motifs that shape their histories. This engagement with your past, present, and future will help to unleash the fierce potential that comes from re-archiving your archives.
Borrowing from strategies used in poetry, participants will craft evocative images and extended metaphors that identify unique patterns and introduce fresh energy to personal narratives. We will ground ourselves with contemplative exercises, engage in various generative writing activities, discuss source texts, and optionally share your work with the group.
Participants will leave with a series of short pieces that can be used for further creative and scholarly development.
Arisa White is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Colby College and a Cave Canem fellow. She is the author of the poetic memoir Who’s Your Daddy, co-editor of Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart, and co-author of Biddy Mason Speaks Up, winner of the Nautilus Book Award for Middle-Grade Nonfiction. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates poetic collaborations that center narratives of queer people of color. She serves on the board of directors for Foglifter and Nomadic Press. arisawhite.com
Meredith Clark is a poet and writer whose work has received Black Warrior Review’s nonfiction prize and the Sonora Review nonfiction prize. Her writing has appeared in Phoebe, Gigantic Sequins, Denver Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of grants and residencies from Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center. Her book Lyrebird is out now with Platypus Press.