1996 RC creative writing alum Carmen Bugan‘s recent book, Poetry and the Language of Oppression: Essays on Politics and Poetics (2021) was listed as one of the “essential books for creative writers” on the Poets & Writers website. The brief accompanying review notes that “through five probing chapters . . . Bugan incorporates pieces from her life and writing as well as the work of other writers . . . to consider how poetry acts as a healing language in times of public duress.”
Carmen is giving a poetry workshop on Saturday, November 20, through the Geneva Writers Group: “The Language of Recovery: Poems of Hope and Healing.” Click here for more information and to register.
A recent lecture by Carmen on poetic inspiration, given in support of the release of Poetry and the Language and Oppression, is available on YouTube.
And in April, Shearsman Books will publish Time Being, a collection of Carmen’s poems about the pandemic.