Read a Poet/Write a Poem, Part 2

January 30, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Snyder Hall C301
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48825
United States

"Breathe-in experience. Breathe-out poetry." - Muriel Rukeyser.

Don't miss the RCAH Poetry Center's Read a Poet, Write a Poem two part workshop series! This annual event will  explore the work of activist poet Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), whose book The Life of Poetry is as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1949. Both workshop sessions will take place in C301, Synder Hall. 

Workshop Sessions:

Part 1: Read A Poet: Monday, January 23, 7 p.m.

Part 2: Write A Poem: Monday, January 30, 7 p.m.

About the poet: Muriel Rukeyser

Born in New York City, activist and poet of witness Muriel Rukeyser attended Vassar College for two years and then moved back to New York where she took classes at Columbia University. Her first collection of poems, Theory of Flight, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 1935. Her subsequent books of poetry would be inspired by certain events she witnessed, including the Scottsboro trial in Alabama, the Gauley Bridge tragedy in West Virginia, and the civil war in Spain. The violence and injustice Rukeyser saw in the United States and abroad informed her poetry. She felt a deep responsibility to comment on human rights issues and was particularly concerned with gender, class, and racial inequalities. She frequently documented her own emotional experiences within the context of greater political or social events, and her poems became, in part, a platform for social protest. One of Rukeyser’s last poems, “The Gates," was written in South Korea where she protested the imprisonment of poet Kim Chi Ha.