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Friday, May 1 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Teaching as Witness and Transmission: How Poetry Can Be Taught FULL

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Much has been debated about whether poetry can be taught. The proliferation of MFA programs is seen as an attempt to further commodify an art that in today’s world holds little monetary value. But poetry is a practice, not a commodity; and teaching is the cultivation of a generous relationship involving the age-old passing of artistic lineage through direct witness and transmission. This event brings together one such lineage, beginning contemporarily with Olga Broumas (Beginning with O, Pastoral Jazz), continuing through her student of 32 years Melanie Braverman (East Justice, Red), and down through students of both. The discussion will be brief; more time will be given to readings from teachers and students as demonstration of the way in which teaching may be received, transformed and interpreted, and passed along.

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Melanie Braverman

Ask Melanie Braverman anything. She is currently, or has been: writer, artist, artist's assistant, student, teacher, parent, administrator, spouse, keeper of chickens. What she don't know she'll make up.


Friday May 1, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Salem Five Community Room

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