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Registration Open for “Poetry that Blurs the Persona and the Personal,” May 16 Online Class with Reyes Ramirez

Registration is now open for the NCWN’s next online class: “Poetry that Blurs the Persona and the Personal” with award-winning writer Reyes Ramirez at 7 pm on Thursday, May 16.

Poets write through personas to thoroughly explore a topic, illuminate an unheard voice, or venture into uncharted waters, among other reasons. In this class, we will be reading and writing poetry that inhabit personas both based in reality and the imagined, whether it be historical/pop culture figures, family members, animals, objects, or even alternate versions of the self. We will blur the line between the self and the voice, if the two can be separated, to see how far poetry can take empathy and/or scorn in order to, ultimately, create an entirely new consciousness. Readings can include work by FJ Bergmann, Eduardo C. Corral, Rita Dove, Frank X. Walker, Victoria Chang, John Berryman, Javier Zamora, and more.

Ramirez (he/him) is a Houstonian, writer, educator, curator, and organizer of Mexican and Salvadoran descent. He authored the short story collection The Book of Wanderers (2022), a 2023 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalist, from University of Arizona Press’ Camino del Sol series and the poetry collection El Rey of Gold Teeth (2023) from Hub City Press. His latest curatorial project, The Houston Artist Speaks Through Grids, explores the use of grids in contemporary Houston art, literature, history, and politics. Reyes has been honored as a 2020 CantoMundo Fellow, 2021 Interchange Artist Grant Fellow, 2022 Crosstown Arts Writer in Residence, 2023 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow, 2023 Dobie Paisano Fellow, and awarded grants from the Houston Arts Alliance, Poets & Writers, and The Warhol Foundation’s Idea Fund.

Registration for “Poetry that Blurs the Persona and the Personal” is $45 for NCWN members, $65 for nonmembers, and will close Wednesday, May 15.