Writing to Keep the Dead Alive: Motherhood and Modern Jewish Identity in Poetry

Jan 18, 2024 4:00PM—6:00PM


Maine Jewish Museum 267 Congress St Portland

Cost $25

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How does our cultural identity influence our lives? Our art? Our ability to parent? How do we preserve the memory of our ancestors while living modern lives? In this workshop, poet Meghan Sterling will work with participants to craft poems drawing from their heritage, their cultural identity and their questions about what it all means. Learn about how poetry can help us claim and honor ours and our families’ pasts without brushing the hardships under the rug. Bring a family photo (or two) and/or an object that brings up a memory of your heritage.

After the workshop, Sterling will read from her recent collections, View from a Borrowed Field (Paul Nemser Poetry Prize Winner, Lily Poetry Review, 2023), Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora (Harbor Editions, 2023) and Comfort the Mourners (Everybody Press, 2023).

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