Stretch Your Voice Through a Fictional “I”: Perfecting the Persona Poem
Presented by Gemini Ink Literary Arts Center
September 12, 2015
Writing a persona poem, especially if engaging another culture, can be a rewarding experience, but also a minefield. Explore traditions of the persona poem, then attempt to write your own, with sensitivity and from in-depth research. Please bring a few options for personae you’d like to explore, and be open to other choices. Rich possibilities will be worth the effort!
Recommended Reading: A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry by Stacey Lynn Brown (Editor), Oliver de La Paz (University of Akron Press, 2012)
Khadijah Queen’s books are Conduit (2008), Black Peculiar (2011, winner of the Noemi Press book award for poetry), and Fearful Beloved (2015). In 2014, her verse play Non-Sequitur won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Performance Writing by a Woman and will be produced by The Relationship Theater Company in early 2016. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and serves as board chair for the feminist publisher Kore Press.