Presentation Title

Poetry, Politics, and Social Justice: The Role of Creative Writing in a Post-Trump America

Presentation Type

Presentation

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Christian Smith, English

Major

English

Presentation Abstract

Creative writing has always been important to me, and over the years of writing and studying it, I have learned that poetry is political. Poetry, like all creative work, is ever changing; literary periods are constructed out of historical, social, and political contexts. Looking forward into a post-Trump America, a new age of poetry will surely emerge. In the face of renewed public conversations highlighting fascism, white supremacy, and other forms of marginalization, poetry becomes essential for survival in many communities and across identities. When the world around us seems to be falling apart, we turn to poetry. The poets I discuss here are Maya Angelou, Allen Ginsberg, Audre Lorde, and Adrienne Rich -- famous poets who used their inherently political, personal lives in their work to bring about social change. Each poet's work reflects their narratives, offering a place for other marginalized individuals under the guise of oppression in America.

Location

Room 2

Start Date

21-4-2021 3:10 PM

End Date

21-4-2021 3:30 PM

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

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Poetry, Politics, and Social Justice: The Role of Creative Writing in a Post-Trump America

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Creative writing has always been important to me, and over the years of writing and studying it, I have learned that poetry is political. Poetry, like all creative work, is ever changing; literary periods are constructed out of historical, social, and political contexts. Looking forward into a post-Trump America, a new age of poetry will surely emerge. In the face of renewed public conversations highlighting fascism, white supremacy, and other forms of marginalization, poetry becomes essential for survival in many communities and across identities. When the world around us seems to be falling apart, we turn to poetry. The poets I discuss here are Maya Angelou, Allen Ginsberg, Audre Lorde, and Adrienne Rich -- famous poets who used their inherently political, personal lives in their work to bring about social change. Each poet's work reflects their narratives, offering a place for other marginalized individuals under the guise of oppression in America.

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