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PASSED: Writing Hope: A Masterclass Taught By Poetry Editor Bella Rotker | December 2nd @ 12 - 2 PM EST


About the Class: Modern life is dictated by tragedy. Sorrow follows us from when the first light reaches through our windows in the morning until we climb back into bed. And yet, as Mary Karr once said, “It doesn’t matter how bleak our daily lives are, we still fight for the light. I think that’s our divinity. We lean into love, even in the most hideous circumstances. We manage to hope.” Hope is the hammer to bring down the systems of oppression that surround us. In this masterclass, we will explore the place where poetry meets humanity. We will read from writers like Corey Van Landingham, Noor Hindi, Dorothea Lasky, Ilya Kaminsky, James Tate, and Ross Gay, and ask: how does writing cope with disaster? How can it heal? 

About the Instructor: Bella Rotker studies creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy. Bella is a queer, latina poet whose work appears in JAKE, Full Mood Mag, Fifth Wheel Press, The Lumiere Review, Neologism, and Best American High School Writing, among others. Bella works in the Interlochen Center for the Arts Archival Resource Treasury and serves as the youth lieutenant governor of Michigan, where she advocates for civic education and prison reform. When she's not writing or fighting the patriarchy, Bella's hanging out with friends, watching the lakes, and looking for birds.

Register: This class is designed for intermediate or advanced poets. Spots in this workshop are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will close when the workshop has been filled to maximum capacity.

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