THURSDAYS WITH ESWA:
Special Wednesday Night Event!
This generative session will explore how being fully present to a place and time can then lead you to explore the past and future, placing your writing in a broader, interconnected context. Drawing inspiration from a poem by Brenda Shaughnessy and the graphic novel Here by Richard McGuire, we'll offer a series of guided prompts to get you writing. In honor of National LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards, and a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell, American Fiction, and Julie Suk Book Awards. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O'Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and now serves as the Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse). Her collection of poems in conversation with the Book of Genesis will be published by Four Way Books in 2024.
Nickole Brown is the author of Sister: A Novel-in-Poems (Red Hen Press, Sibling Rivalry Press) and Fanny Say: A Biography-in-Poems (BOA Editions). Currently, she lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she periodically volunteers at several animal sanctuaries. Since 2016, she’s been writing about these animals, and To Those Who Were Our First Gods, a chapbook of these first poems, won the 2018 Rattle Prize. Her essay-in-poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020. In 2021, Spruce Books of Penguin Random House published Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire, a book co-authored with her wife Jessica Jacobs, and they regularly teach together as part of their SunJune Literary Collaborative. Every summer, she teaches at the low-residency MFA at the Sewanee School of Letters.
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