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LitFest Workshop: In Raptures: Writing the Ghazal

Event Date: 
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Pete & Pat Bartlett Tulsa Room
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  • “A ghazal,” writes poet Agha Shahid Ali, “could go on forever.” In this generative workshop, we will study the time-honored ghazal form and similarly compose poems that are rooted in song, balance unity and autonomy, and encourage audience participation at readings. Our models will include a mix of traditional and innovative contemporary ghazals, including an essayist’s adaptation of the poetic form.
  • Janine Joseph is the author of Driving without a License, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and 2018 da Vinci Eye award, finalist for the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award, and named an Honorable Mention for the 2018 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize from the New England Poetry Club. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, World Literature Today, The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, The Kenyon Review, Best New Poets, Best American Experimental Writing, Zócalo Public Square, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere. A librettist, her commissioned work for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline, “On This Muddy Water”: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel, and From My Mother's Mother. Additionally, her poems have been set to music by acclaimed composers Melissa Dunphy, for the PhilHarmonia and Resonance Ensemble’s “American DREAMers: Stories of Immigration” concerts, and Reinaldo Moya, for the Schubert Club’s “DREAM Song” concert. Janine is an organizer for Undocupoets and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa. She lives in Stillwater, where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.

All LitFest workshops will take place in the Pete and Pat Bartlett Tulsa Room at OSU-Tulsa.

Workshop capacity is 20 with a required pre-registration. Please sign up for NO MORE THAN ONE workshop so that we can accommodate more aspiring writers!

If your desired workshop is full, message to be placed on the waiting list.

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