Poet Annie Finch’s pathbreaking anthology Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (Haymarket Books, 2020) is revolutionizing the contemporary conversation about abortion by bringing in, for the first time, voices of great writers across centuries and continents. This intimate circle offers a rare chance to participate in a group reading and writing experience about abortion facilitated by Annie Finch along with therapist and writer Marianela Medrano. The goal of the course is to reclaim our own voices and perspectives regarding abortion in the context of a supportive circle.
Through reading and discussion of the poems and stories in Choice Words, focused journaling, guided meditation, and deep sharing, we will aim to process the guilt, shame, confusion, and disempowerment perpetuated by the patriarchy into a self-compassionate reclamation of our full life-giving power. Our aim is to facilitate a connection between reading, writing, feelings and actions, moving from trauma to wellness through collaborative and empowering exchanges. Ultimately, our circle aims to attain a transformation beyond words, as we journey via meditation and ritual into the womb of the divine feminine to find the power within.
In addition to the three two-hour classes, tuition includes optional reading and writing assignments, additional access to the zoom room to continue the conversation informally between sessions, and exclusive admission to a private discussion area reserved for this group in Annie’s online Poets & Seekers Community.
Financial need: Some scholarship support is available. If needed, please get in touch and we will aim to work something out.
Formal Feeling Workshop | Fall 2020
8 weeks 3:30pm-5:30pm EST | Ongoing formal poetry workshop for poets ready to take their metrical poems to the next level
From 3:30pm until 5:30pm EST
An ongoing weekly online poetry workshop for poets who know how to write poems in meter and to scan and want to press forward into more subtle and complex approaches to formal poetry.
There are 4 places available.
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About the Instructors:
Annie Finch, of Celtic and Scandinavian lineage, is a poet, writer, teaching artist, and performer. She is known for her work on women’s literature and spirituality and her deep knowledge and practice of poetic form. Finch is the author of six books of poetry including Spells, Calendars, Eve, and the feminist epic Among the Goddesses, as well as numerous books on poetry including the writing guide A Poet’s Craft. She is also the editor of Choice Words, the first major literary anthology about abortion. A graduate of Yale with a Ph.D. from Stanford, Finch has appeared widely at poetry conferences, taught as a tenured professor of poetry writing at two universities, and is the recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award and the Sarasvati Award for Poetry.
Marianela Medrano is a Dominican writer, poet and a psychotherapist with a Ph.D in psychology whose practice include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Integral Psychotherapy. Medrano has trained in Mindfulness and spirituality and in trauma-specific modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a Mindful Eating instructor/facilitator. She has done extensive research on the Divine Feminine in the Taino culture, has lectured in many countries, and has published her poetry widely in journals and in books including: Oficio de Vivir (Buho,1986), Los Alegres Ojos de la Tristeza (Buho,1987), Regando Esencias/ The Scent of Waiting (Alcance,1998), Curada de Espantos (Torremozas, 2002), Diosas de la Yuca, (Torremozas, 2011), Prietica (Alfaguara, 2013), Rooting (Owlfeather Collective, 2017), and El Libro de Revelaciones (chapbook), (2019). Her poetry has been translated into Italian and French. She is a certified poetry therapist and serves as a mentor/supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy.