Explaining the unexplainable is something of a magic act, and showing up to a blank page with an unfettered mind takes some doing. In this process, things happen that are always a surprise. This kind of writing is about reaching into the mid-section and exposing what lies within. It is one of the oldest methods of self-exploration and expression. It leads the writer to understand their inner core and how life works. It empowers them to change the course of their thinking. Once it’s down on paper, it lives.
One of the first things Lee does with new students is have them find someplace in their house where something can be locked up. She tells them, “Go there, seize your critic by the scruff of the neck, toss it in, lock it up, and never let it out. It will complain, whine, threaten and wheedle you to let it out. Don’t!” She writes from her experience, and she teaches people how to become authentic, finding their own voice.
Stellasue Lee was a founding editor of RATTLE, a poetry journal, and is now editor Emerita. Two of her books have been entrants for the Pulitzer Prize, and her New & Selected Works, Queen of Jacks, is now available. She won the grand prize of Poetry to Aide Humanity in 2013 by Al Falah in Malaysia. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. from Honolulu University and works privately with students who are dedicated to learning how to write. Her students are all over the U.S. She wants you to know she was born in the year of the dragon.
Stellasue Lee: Saying the Unsayable
April 23, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm