WRITING BEHIND THE MASK – THE PERSONA POEM - (Weekend- All Levels) – Veronica Golos
The Persona acts as mask – a paradox behind which we are free to tell our truth.
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The wide range of possibilities of the Persona——opens creative realms into insights of voice and character. Can we embody ourselves as smoke? Imagine ourselves the Swan? What does it take to truly “put yourself” (or write yourself) into another being? This workshop will offer an opportunity for us to utilize different styles, structure and tone, blending deep reading with writing and discussion. Join me in this exploration of the self as another self, a magical blending, a wild imagining.
Veronica Golos is the author of Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award. Poems from Vocabulary are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi; and A Bell Buried Deep (Storyline Press, 2004), co-winner of the 16th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Edward Hirsch, and adapted for stage and performed at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. A Bell Buried Deep will be re-issued by Tupelo Press in 2014.
Golos is working on a third collection of poetry, Root Work: The Lost Writings of John Brown and Mary Day Brown, to be published by Three: A Taos Press.
Golos has just been named Poetry Editor for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Harvard Divinity School.