From workshop instructor and Open Books Poet-in-Residence Lena Khalaf Tuffaha:
Writing poetry feels increasingly like an ongoing and intimate conversation, an extended epistolary adventure. A poem begins with a question I am asking myself and those who have written before me. A poem is picking up a thread that Audre (Lorde) or Federico (Garcia Lorca) or Adrienne (Rich) or Seamus (Heaney) have begun and Naomi (Shihab Nye) and Kaveh (Akbar) and Cathy (Park Hong) and Rick (Barot) have joined, asking their own questions back and forward. You come, too! Let’s write into these conversations with the bookstore as our muse, the thousands of spines lining the shelves, the voices of poets who have read in this space echoing around us. I’ll bring the prompts and poems that have inspired me, you bring your pen and your questions. Let’s write together!
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Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is a poet, writer, and translator. She is the winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize for Arab in Newsland, and the author of Water & Salt, a book of poems from Red Hen Press published in April 2017.