Elegiac Poetics: Self Elegy & Forms of Loss in Our World

Elegiac Poetics: Self Elegy & Forms of Loss in Our World


No one can pass through the world without experiencing loss in one form of another. Poetry is often a touchstone for healing and integrating major life experiences. Writing through elegy allows entry through the doorway of grief into the sincerity of felt experience.

We’ll dig deep to excavate the essence of grief, and the ways in which poetry can uniquely address its transcendence. We’ll explore both the traditional elegy written to memorialize and/or celebrate another person, and the self-elegy, which enfolds as homage to those parts of us that vanish, whether personal, political, or metaphysical, and what it means to be present in a dissolving world.

August 6-September 2, Online

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Teaching Artists



Maureen is the author of Apparition Wren, Mantic, and several chapbooks including Luminal Equation in the collection Narwhal (Cannibal Press), the dream and the dream you spoke, and 12 Greatest Hits,  Nightingale Habit and Origin of Stone.  She is the winner of Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Arsenic Lobster, Typo, The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review. 


Elena Karina Byrne

Former 12-year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, the 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient from Beyond Baroque’s Literary Arts Center,  Elena Karina Byrne just completed her third-year position as one of the final judges for the Kate and Kingsley Tufts Awards in Poetry. She sits on the advisory boards for What Books and also spends time as an editor, lecturer, visual artist, Poetry Consultant and Moderator for the annual  Los Angeles Times  Festival of Books, and Literary Programs Director for the Ruskin Art Club. Elena is the author of three books of poetry, including most recently, Squander (Omnidawn). She just completed her collection of essays, Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry Art & Desire, and a new manuscript, A Game of Violence is Welcome Now. You can find her work in the Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, Poetry, Paris Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Bomb and elsewhere.

Photo, top: House #3, Francesca Woodman