Rediscovering the Lost Tradition of Letter Writing

Posted on 01/15/21

Rediscovering the Lost Tradition of Letter Writing

AARPNY along with Writers & Books is proud to present: Rediscovering the Lost Tradition of Letter Writing, a five part series on how letters can help us all stay better connected, learn more about our own lives and share ourselves in a meaningful way during times of increased social isolation. Register below for your reminder and connect with us Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. on AARPNY’s Facebook page to watch this series which includes award-winning poets and writers Reginald Dwayne Betts, Sandra Spanier, Cornelius Eady, Lauren Groff, and Sonja Livingston.

Register for your reminder and join us to discover how letters can help us all stay better connected, learn more about our own lives and share ourselves in a meaningful way during times of social isolation.  The virtual events will be broadcast on the @AARPNY Facebook channel.

Episode 1: Letters as Lifelines
Tuesday, January 26 with award-winning poet Reginald Dwayne Betts. Reginald Dwayne Betts talks about how letters helped him triumph over incarceration and find his calling as a poet.

Relaunching: Letters as Lifelines
Tuesday, March 2 at 5:30PM with award-winning poet Reginald Dwayne Betts.
To register: https://aarp.cvent.com/LetterWriting0302

Episode 2: The Letters You Don’t Send
Tuesday, February 2 with award-winning essayist Sonja Livingston. Sonja Livingston explores how we discover our own stories and create meaning from our own lives in writing letters.
To register: https://aarp.cvent.com/LetterWriting0202

Episode 3: Letters: Close Cousins to Poems
Tuesday, February 9 with award-winning American contemporary poet Cornelius Eady. Cornelius Eady discusses how letters record our histories and later serve as testimonials to chapters of our lives
To register: https://aarp.cvent.com/LetterWriting0209

Episode 4: The Hemingway Letters Project
Tuesday, February 16 with author Sandra Spanier, PhD. Sandra Spanier, PhD, Edwin Erle Sparks, Professor of English and General Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project, examines how letters help understand the individual and their era and culture
To register: https://aarp.cvent.com/LetterWriting0216

Episode 5: The Epistolary Novel and the Creation of Selfhood
Tuesday, February 23 with award-winning novelist Lauren Groff. Lauren Groff  explains how the narratives we choose to share about ourselves represent the crafting of our image and the selves we aspire to become
To register: https://aarp.cvent.com/LetterWriting0223

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