April 16, 2020 – 7:00 pm

Online Workshop—The Star-Spangled Untangled: A Poetic Unfolding of the U.S. Flag

presented by Ciona Rouse

The Star-Spangled Untangled: A Poetic Unfolding of the U.S. Flag
7:00–8:00 p.m.
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members


Poets have long used the symbolism of the flag in their poetry to wrestle with the many triumphs and complexities of U.S. history. In this workshop, we’ll confront and discern our relationship with the flag by discussing a select group of poems. The evening will end with guests creating their own written pieces in response to a prompt inspired by Mel Ziegler: Flag Exchange. No poetry background necessary.

Ciona Rouse is the author of Vantablack, the first chapbook published by Third Man Books (2017). Her poetry has appeared in The Account, Talking River, Gabby Journal, Matter: A (somewhat) monthly journal of political poetry and commentary, and other publications. A literary citizen, she is poetry editor of Wordpeace; the curator of several reading series, including the monthly Lyrical Brew at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt; and a teacher of poetry workshops and classes at Whitsitt Elementary School, The Porch Writers’ Collective, Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference and others.

In 2017–2018, she served as a resident poet for the exhibition Nick Cave: Feat., culminating in her presentation during Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville of a poem called “We,” which was named 2018’s “Best Poetry Performance” by the Nashville Scene. Along with poet Kendra DeColo, Rouse cohosts Re/VERB, a Third Man podcast where literature and pop culture meet. A graduate of Columbia College of South Carolina, Rouse currently lives in Nashville, where she is working on her first full collection of poetry and a literary collaboration with poet and musician Adia Victoria. Some of their collective work was featured on NPR in August 2019.


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