Saturday October 29: 11:10 am - 12:30 pm

11:10 A.M. The Poem as Mask

with Luke Hathaway.

BSIA Room #123


Sometimes poets are at their most confessional when they are most apparently hidden because putting on a mask allows poets to speak the truth. 

Join Luke Hathaway in this poetry workshop that will explore the use of assumed personae in poetry, and writing in the voice of a character or characters as a way of getting at the complex truths of lived experience.

  • LUKE HATHAWAY is a trans poet, librettist, and theatre maker. His mythopoeic word-worlds have given rise to new choral works by Colin Labadie, James Rolfe, and Zachary Wadsworth, and to the folk opera The Sign of Jonas, a collaboration with Benton Roark. He is the author of four books of poems, one of which (Years, Months, and Days, 2018) was named a Best Book of the Year in the New York Times. His latest book, The Affirmations, is published in print and as an audiobook by Biblioasis. Hathaway makes music with Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA, and has mentored new librettists as a faculty member for Amadeus Choir’s Choral Composition Lab. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax.