Amber Flame: There’s Joy in the Mourning

Feb 2021

Writing About & Thru Grief

Starts February 18, 2021

  • Thursdays @ 4 PM PST
  • Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11

We find ourselves in urgent need of joy with an urgent need to grieve, collectively and individually – and it is here that we can access the raw transformative power of mourning and remembrance.

This workshop will explore the intersection of creativity and ritualistic healing for writers who’ve stalled out, stunned by the monstrosity of human nature; for writers who fill page after page as if weeping; for everyone in the muddled half-starts of the in-between.

We will read and discuss the works of poets who dance in the tension of mundane urgency, from Lucille Clifton and Nikki Finney to Jericho Brown, Eve L. Ewing, and more; participants will generate first drafts for feedback and present second drafts of new work.


Amber Flame is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, activist and educator, whose work has garnered residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and YEFE NOF. A former church kid from the Southwest, Flame’s work has been published in diverse arenas, including Def Jam Poetry, Nailed Magazine, Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Black Heart Magazine, Sundress Publications, FreezeRay, and Redivider Journal.

In her writing, Flame explores spirituality and sexuality, cross-woven with themes of grief and loss, motherhood and magic, and the interstitial joy in it all. A 2016 and 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, and Jack Straw Writer Program alum, Amber Flame’s first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was published in 2017 through Write Bloody Press.

Flame had her first solo exhibit in 2019 with a project entitled ::intrigue:: 8, a multimedia installation that featured musical compositions inspired by the text of 8 different poets with original video content as well as text from the original poems, through Jack Straw Production’s Artist Support and New Media Gallery fellowships. Hugo House’s 2017-2019 Writer-in-Residence for Poetry, Flame’s second book of poetry, titled apocrifa, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

Recently named Program Director of Hedgebrook, she continues to work as a writing instructor while working on a third collection, remounting her full-length play, working on a few nonfiction anthologies, and raising her daughter. Amber Flame is a queer Black mama just one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Weeks