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Salem’s Stories, Salem’s Words: Workshop with Jack Giaour

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Using documents from the Peabody Essex Museum’s Salem Stories exhibit, students will explore two different types of text based poetic forms – erasure and collage. Students will interact with documents from Salem’s past and present to explore the language of the Witch City. We will view some examples of both poetic types to begin exploring the relationship between words and the physical texts they belong to, and then create our own text-based poems.

In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between language and place. Just as architecture, landscape, and industry all combine to create the unique cultures of our cities, towns, and nations, so too do words. We will also ask ourselves some fundamental questions: What role do words play in creating a space? How do the words we do (or don’t) speak contribute to our experience of a place and its history?

Jack Giaour pays his rent as a freelance ghostwriter. He completed his MFA from Chapman University in 2016, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from Manis, Cardinal Sins, and [PANK], among other journals.


April 13
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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