The writing of poetry can be a great comfort to those dealing with a difficult diagnosis, whether it’s their own or a loved one’s. Let’s explore how to harness the power of verse to cope with the trauma of an unexpected diagnosis, or any other type of personal tragedy, and turn what could be some of the most challenging moments into a genuinely inspiring and transformative time in one’s creative life. Alejandro Escudé will share his own experience with the difficult diagnosis of a loved one and how he was able to use poetry to stay present throughout the experience by writing before, during, and after the entire ordeal, and how this process helped the author cope and become more aware as to the purpose and potential of the written word. Everyone is welcome, regardless of past experiences. The techniques and approaches we’ll discuss can serve to better capture any life-altering event in a more intimate, unique, and captivating way.
Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013 upon winning the 2012 Sacramento Poetry Center Award. He received a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis, where he was taught by such notable poets as Gary Snyder and Sandra McPherson. Alejandro works as an English teacher, having taught in a variety of school systems at the secondary level for over fifteen years. Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, he immigrated to California many years ago at the age of six. A new book, The Book of the Unclaimed Dead, published by Main Street Rag Press. Alejandro is a single dad of two wonderful kids and lives in Los Angeles with his dog, a feisty yet lovable Jack Russell named Jake.