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Ashley Roach-Freiman

Risk and Restraint: Writing Poems Out of Vulnerability.

Saturday, April 11 - 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Rosa Deal Room 109



Ashley Roach-Freiman is a librarian and poet with work appearing in Bone Bouquet, THRUSH Poetry Journal, The Literary Review,Ghost Proposal, and Nightjar Review. The chapbook Bright Along the Body is available from dancing girl press. Find out more atashleyroachfreiman.com.


Risk and Restraint: Writing Poems Out of Vulnerability.

You may have heard that you should write what you are most afraid to write. This is the essence of vulnerability - poking at the tender places that expose us. Vulnerability is a multi-layered, interstitial space, difficult to isolate or describe, liminal and frightening and bare. It is where the best poems come from. We’ll be exploring what it means to write this way by exploring a few poems and poets that harness vulnerability, discussing what makes them strong or unique (or not), and working within the frame of several writing prompts that ask us to write off a “poem cliff” (in the words of Mindy Nettifee). Participants will engage in discussion and timed exercises including free-association, memory-seeking, editing, and sharing.