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Writing From Historical Objects - Free writing workshop

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Location: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

Oklahoma's State Poet Laureate Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish will lead a free writing workshop, “Writing from Historical Objects” at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, Oklahoma, Sunday, Oct. 21. 

Many American poets have used historical documents, images, and stories as a basis for powerful poems that explore “cultural memory,” the place where personal and cultural history intersect. This workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to explore the challenges and possibilities of working with research, historical documents, and archives.

We’ll read historical-document poems by several contemporary American poets then write our own. Plan on using an item in the Heritage Center collection or bring your own “historical”—personal, familial, or cultural—photo, document, or object for you to use with the writing prompt.


Mish is a scholar, poet, and prose writer and the 2017-18 Oklahoma State Poet Laureate. She is director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA @ Oklahoma City University where she also serves as advisor to Red Earth Review and as a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy, professional writing, and the craft of poetry.

This event paid for by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and financial assistance from members just like you. Consider becoming a member of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center today.

Registration for the workshop is not required, but is appreciated. To register, call (580) 252-6692, or email: info@onthechisholmtrail.com

Event Contact Information

Toni Hopper
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway, www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, Oklahoma 73533

5802526692
toni@onthechisholmtrail.com

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