In this workshop, participants will learn about and try their hand at erasure poems. Also known as blackout poems, erasure poems are culled from a source text that is (in many cases) not inherently poetic. Source texts could include scientific textbooks, political speeches, celebrity interviews, or national park brochures. The writer then erases or blacks out the majority of the words (redacting), with the remaining words creating the poem. Publication of erasure poetry will also be covered.
Instructor Erin Dorney is the author of I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf. She is the recipient of a 2017 Artist Career Development Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation; a 2017 Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center; and a 2016 Spruceton Inn Artist Residency. Her literary erasure art was featured as part of Made Here: Future, an urban walking gallery in Minneapolis. Erin is co-founder of FEAR NO LIT and volunteers with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.
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