NCTE Conference: Bringing Voice to the Voiceless: Writing Persona Poems

Minneapolis

Presenters: Linda Christensen, Dyan Watson, and Renée Watson

This workshop explores the persona poem, which promotes empathy, or “social imagination,” encouraging students to get inside the head and heart of another human being. Participants will meet literary and historical characters who have experienced gentrification and write persona poems which bear witness to the heartache of losing one’s community.