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Verse Unheard: Amplifying Minority Voices in Poetry with Claire Barwise

"Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence." -Audre Lorde

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About this class:

This is a 6-meeting virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Mondays Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12 - 6:30-7:30 pm Central time.

Poetry is not just about rhyme and meter; it's a vehicle for understanding the world, ourselves, and those around us. No matter your background or previous experience with poetry, this course offers a welcoming space to learn, share, and celebrate the voices that have been underrepresented in the traditional canon. In addition to reading, watching, and listening to poetry, we will engage in dynamic discussions and creative exercises that will help us make personal connections to the poems we encounter. "Verse Unheard" will expand your horizons, challenge your perspectives, and leave you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and power of words.

Instructor bio:

Claire Barwise holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature. Her work has appeared in The Minnesota Review, Feminist Modernist Cultures, and Modern Fiction Studies. She currently lives and teaches in Philadelphia, PA.

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities North Dakota. However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally. Therefore our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University. To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

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