Narrative Poetry in Troubled Times: Workshop with Dan O’Brien
How can poetry represent – and help us to make sense of – troubled times? Through a series of writing exercises and group discussions, award-winning playwright and ‘docu-poet’ Dan O’Brien will help you to craft poetry that speaks to the difficult and fractured experiences in our world.
About Dan O’Brien
Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, librettist, and recent Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art. His most recent play, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage has received the 2018 PEN America Award for Drama. His play The Body of an American has been produced in recent years off-Broadway (NY Times Critic’s Pick), in London and around the US. It received the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, the Horton Foote Prize for Best New American Play, and was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Prize for Most Promising Playwright.
O’Brien’s debut poetry collection, War Reporter – praised by the Guardian as ‘a masterpiece of truthfulness and feeling’ – received the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for a First Collection. He has taught playwriting at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Princeton University, Brown University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Middlebury College, Grinnell College, and many other colleges and Universities in the US. Website