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The Mechanical Writer

Both Nicole Cooley’s The Afflicted Girls and Rita Dove’s Sonata Mulattica contain simultaneously subtle and startling conflict, as does all of history. Conflict often represents the spaces where history has dumped the fragments of its mystery. It would be difficult for poetry to convey an imagined history without a conflict, a mystery, as a source of energy.

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Violence, Silence, & Witness Poetry: The Power of Creative Writing to Free the Independent Voice

“Designing and Conducting Writers Workshops to Awaken Social Consciousness” (my capstone project for my Individualized Master of Arts from Antioch University Midwest) was born from my desire to help strengthen and provoke silent voices of my community by supporting their interest and abilities in creative writing.

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