Writing the Unspeakable: A Poetry Workshop on Grief and Trauma

Just about all of us have lived through grave loss. Many of our lives have also been touched by trauma. For both, there are the words we turn to first, but then there is a strange and brave language. It's a language learned by paying close attention. This class will explore the particulars of grief and trauma. This workshop is for poets who are utterly willing to "shoot from the hip". We will gently turn away from self-pity, roll up our sleeves, and wrestle with the unspeakable. Through pared-down language, we will write poems that are forceful and generous. Instructor: Frannie Lindsay



Start Date

January 17, 2020









8 Fridays, 6-9pm Begins Jan. 17

Instructors: Frannie Lindsay


Frannie Lindsay

Frannie Lindsay's fifth book is If Mercy (The Word Works, 2016). Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, Field, Hunger Mountain, Salamander, etc. It also appears in Best American Poetry 2014. Frannie has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is completing her sixth collection. She offers writing consultations in any genre. She is also a classical pianist.