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August 22, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Meeting Location:
  • Online
The Muse Writers Center
2200 Colonial Ave, Suite #3
Norfolk, VA 23517 United States

Self and World: Writing the Poems that Matter

This event is part of a year-long calendar of programs centering poetry as public engagement, presented by Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center. It is made possible with generous support from the Academy of American Poets and the Mellon Foundation.


In this free, 2-hour workshop, we will focus on strategies to connect our internal and external landscapes. Through guided writing, close reading and vigorous discussion we will wrestle with the challenges of taking on “big issues” while being both mindful and authentic in our writing.

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Workshop facilitator:
Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of two collections of poetry, Difficult Fruit (2014) and Honeyfish (2019), as well as co-editor of Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (2020). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Atlantic, Ms. Muse, Tin House, and The Caribbean Writer, among others. Her most recent honors include nominations for a 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry, the 2020 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and the Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Alleyne currently resides in Harrisonburg, VA, where she is a professor of English at James Madison University, and the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Get more information about Lauren at and follow her at @poetLKA on social media.

Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.