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A Poet, a Clown, and a Comic Walk Into a Bar: A Crash Course in Writing Funny Poems with Tiffany Midge

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A Poet, a Clown, and a Comic Walk Into a Bar: A Crash Course in Writing Funny Poems with Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge teaches multi-genre humor and satire writing (poetry and prose) that elevates awareness of social justice issues with regards to race, de-colonialism, activism, and identity.

For beginning or practiced poets who want to take time out to think seriously about being funny, and who want to write new poems, this workshop is designed to introduce participants to the various nuts and bolts of humor writing that "punch up" against systems of oppression. Writing humor and satire is an effective tool for resistance and healing. We will study several poems that effectively convey different aspects of humor—satire, subverting expectations, language, narrative voice and character, and surprising syntax—and we will experiment with using these various methods and strategies for the writing of funny original poems.

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is a former humor columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network and the author of the award-winning poetry collection The Woman Who Married a Bear (University of New Mexico Press). Her memoir Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press, Fall, 2019, and her subversively comic book of poems Horns, is also forthcoming from Spokane's Scablands Books in Fall, 2019.

Earlier Event: September 13
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Later Event: September 14
Songwriting Workshop with Brian Laidlaw