April 8 - 9, 2021

Creative writing/poetry workshop with Paul Tran, award-winning slam poet and author

Part of the 2021 Diversity Celebration
Friday, April 9, 2021 / 3:00pm-4:30pm
Virtual event
For students only. Registration required

Join award-winning slam poet, coach, and author, Paul Tran in this exciting opportunity to learn about poetry and creative writing.

Toward Freedom: Reimagining the myth we tell about ourselves

Participants in this generative writing workshop will read “Autobiography of Eve” by the poet Ansel Elkins. “I did not fall from grace,” Eve says. “I charged toward freedom.” We will write and share our own “Autobiography of...” poems, and in doing so, will talk about the myths constructed about us and how, from the classroom to the workplace, we reinforce or subvert these myths.

Part of the 20th Annual Diversity Celebration.

Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability contact the Office of Disability Resources (odr.appstate.edu or 828-262-3056).

About Paul Tran

Paul Tran is a slam poet and author who has won the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from Poetry Magazine and the Poetry Foundation, and the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize.

Currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Tran has authored a debut poetry collection, “All the Flowers Kneeling” — forthcoming from Penguin Books.

Their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry and elsewhere, including the Lionsgate movie “Love Beats Rhymes” with Azealia Banks, Common and Jill Scott. They are the first Asian American since 1993 to win the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam, placing top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and top 2 at the National Poetry Slam.

Tran earned an M.F.A. in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where they were the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow and Senior Poetry Fellow.

Tran is poetry editor at The Offing, which won a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize from the Whiting Foundation.

About the Diversity Celebration

The Diversity Celebration provides a venue where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are accepted, appreciated and celebrated. The event also supports and enhances the university’s commitment to be actively involved in addressing the educational, economic, cultural and societal needs of the changing region, state, nation and world.

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