Poet Anaïs Duplan Leads Workshop Examining “The Invented Self” Feb. 20th at MWC

Poet Anaïs Duplan Leads Poetry Workshop Examining “The Invented Self” Feb. 20th at Midwest Writing Center

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What: Poetry Workshop – “Who Is Reena Spaulings?: The Invented Self in Contemporary Poetry” led by Anaïs Duplan
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Midwest Writing Center (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA 52801), 3rd Floor Conference Room
Cost: $15 for MWC members // $25 for non-members // FREE for college students

The Midwest Writing Center is thrilled to offer a unique poetry workshop opportunity on Saturday, February 20, which will examine “voice, authorship, reliability, and identity in contemporary poetry.” This workshop will be led by the brilliant poet/essayist Anaïs Duplan, currently an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers Workshop. Here’s a complete description:

“Reena Spaulings is a twenty-something year old woman working as a museum guard in New York City. The novel, Reena Spaulings, follows Reena’s exploits as she is “discovered” in New York and becomes a model. Nonetheless, much more of the cult of praise surrounding Reena Spaulings revolves around the way it was conceived – namely, that it was collectively authored by 150+ anonymous participants, though the novel itself is attributed to the artist+fashion collective, Bernadette Corporation. Taking cues and excerpts from Reena Spaulings, we will ask questions about voice, authorship, reliability, and identity in contemporary poetry. We will examine poems by Myung Mi Kim, Wendy Xu, Alina Gregorian,
Fred Moten, and others.”

Thanks to the support of the Riverboat Development Authority, MWC is able to offer this workshop free to college/graduate students. Registration for non-students is $15 for MWC members, $25 for non-members.

Please contact Ryan Collins at MWC, 563-324-1410 // mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org, for more information about this workshop, or to register over the phone.

You can also register online here:

Bio for Anaïs Duplan

aduplanAnaïs Duplan is the author of Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, May 2016). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Hyperallergic, [PANK], Birdfeast, Phantom Limb, The Journal, and others. She is an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

This workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support
of the Riverboat Development Authority
and the Illinois Arts Council Agency