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Poetry as Survival

June 5, 2021 @ EST 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Member Price: $65
1 Session, 2.5 hours
Deadline to Register: June 4, 5 pm
Instructor: Charles Coté


Gregory Orr writes that “poetry is the thread that leads us out of the labyrinth of despair and into the light.” Poems that emerge from crisis have the power to heal and re-stabilize us. In this 2.5 hour online workshop, participants will work to make sense of the senseless, fashioning containers for their grief. Orr says, “To write by heart is to write by hurt, grief inscribing its wisdom in the softer tissues.” Participants will read and discuss poems that explore loss; and write and share about their experience in a safe place, taking a mindful approach to the creative process. Participants also will receive feedback on one poem they submit prior to the workshop. (Please submit to office@wab.org with subject line “Poetry as Survival submission” by May 31). The facilitator will offer prompts and examples of published poems on loss to trigger new work.


Charles Coté’s elegies lament and celebrate the life embodied in every loss, taking the reader through seasons of grief, recovery and transformation. Coté is a clinical social worker in private practice in Rochester, NY and the author of I Play His Red Guitar (Tiger Bark Press, 2019) and Flying for the Window (Finishing Line Press, 2008). His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Big City Lit, Segue, Salamander, The Cortland Review, Connecticut River Review, Upstreet, Connotation Press, Ducts, Terminus, and Quiddity. He teaches poetry at Writers & Books and serves on the boards of 13thirty Cancer Connect, where he often volunteers as creative writing wellness facilitator, and BOA Editions, Ltd.


Workshops are conducted EST via Zoom, a virtual platform that allows you to participate in exercises and contribute to group conversation. To participate, please register by the deadline using the ticket portal below, or go to Scholarships. Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.

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June 5, 2021
10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Virtual Classroom
NY United States
If you would like to make a request for any accommodation, please email us at accommodation@wab.org at least 10 days prior to the event or workshop.

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