2017 Faculty

with Phillip Shabazz

This workshop offers guidance to poets working toward a book of poems. In the workshop you will have an opportunity to:

• start from a basic idea to a finished poem;
• explore free verse, lyric, and narrative poems;
• revise your work;
• review poetic devices and techniques available to you; and
• prepare to submit your poetry for publication.

The workshop includes reading and writing assignments, discussion, and feedback on your poems. Feedback is given to ensure that we consistently discuss your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the workshop.
As a poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz has built an outstanding, extensive and respected career. His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics and audiences across North Carolina. His writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends challenged by the complexities of life to narratives that celebrate human possibilities. His latest collection is Flames in the Fire: Poems.
In 1997, Shabazz became Duke University’s third artist-in-residence at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture. While at Duke, Shabazz was a founding member of SpiritHouse, a community service organization. During his four-year residency, and with funding from the Semans and Mary Duke Biddle foundations, Shabazz organized both a student art collective and a twice-monthly speaker’s series that presented local and nationally-known poets and writers. 
Shabazz conducts creative writing workshops across his home state of North Carolina and has taught at more than 300 schools, conferences, and community centers. Currently, he is a poet-in-the-schools of North Carolina and is affiliated with the N.C. Arts Council.He also has been a visiting writer at many colleges and universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Elon, Winthrop and Warren Wilson, and the Writers’ Series at Appalachian State.
"This is a spectacular body of work...I don't use the word spectacular often. It wrenched me inside out and reassembled me whole. Shabazz naps with one eye open where suffering and courage encapsulate lifetimes of experience. Be careful, his poems shamelessly offer grenades in lunch boxes posed as gifts." 
--Jaki Shelton Green, 2009 Piedmont Laureate, and winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature 
"In a world ruled by indifference in which the glimmer of past embers appear barely visible, Shabazz's words remind us that if we train our eyes to listen, it is obvious for all to see that from Ganazumba to Hotada Francis, from the rage of loss to the reinvention of the soul, from the end of a world to the building of that other world of collective love found in the sweetness of mother's cooking, Black Fire lives on!" 
--Alvaro Reyes, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
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